An Open Invitation from Your President

By: Jim Bloedau, Northern California Chapter of HIMSS, President 2017-18

It is an immense pleasure and honor to be your President of the Northern California Chapter of HIMSS for the coming 2017-18 year and to lead our Chapter’s primary mission - to promote the professional growth of our members.  Our approach to this challenge stands on three pillars: (1) offering outstanding educational content (2) hosting networking events and (3) collaboratively advocating HIT related legislation at the state and national levels. 

The chapter has continued to have remarkable success in moving from our traditional approach of four to five health information technology educational events several years back to over a dozen events last year that include Meetups in Sacramento, South Bay and San Francisco; over forty scholarships covering preparation for and taking the CPHIMS certification, and record setting conferences featuring world class speakers.  We also did an incredible amount of brand building last year, so much so that we are recognized as a leading chapter innovator by those at HIMSS National.  The cumulative effort by an outstanding group of chapter leaders has grown our membership to over 3,000 and has not lessened our excessive desire to continue meeting the membership’s needs by doubling our outreach efforts to all disciplines of healthcare that are touched by digital health transformations.

One of our primary goals for this year is to intensify how we can better serve our enterprise members that include all the major HCOs, academic and HIT vendors serving Northern California.  To better serve them and the members they represent, we will continue to improve the programs mentioned above and align them into a cohesive marketing package to take our value to those in our community who can benefit the most.

Finally, I invite you to become involved with our chapter and the industry diversity it represents.  There are many professional reasons to become involved – networking, educational events and advocacy are only a few.  However, the personal rewards of working with a group of volunteers whose unselfish commitment to each other are best summed up by saying, “You will get an experience that you will not find anywhere else.”  From new friendships, to gaining additional respect within the HIT community, to honing your leadership skills, to having a whole lot of fun while changing the face of HIT and improving lives – all of these rewards will enhance your professional and personal lives in ways yet to be discovered by you.

I strongly encourage any member who is even a bit curious in learning more about how they may help us to reach out to me personally with any question you may have.  Again, thank you for the honor- it’s going to be a wonderful year …the best ever!

Many thanks,

Jim Bloedau
President, Northern California Chapter of HIMSS