Spring 2017 Newsletter

Message from the President

Hello everyone and happy new year! I hope that 2017 has gotten off to a great start for all of our Northern California HIMSS Chapter Members. I can say that our Board is back at it, and hard at work for the second half of our fiscal year. We started 2017 on a positive note with our fifth annual Innovation Conference and Showcase at the Intel Auditorium on January 12 that brought over 200 attendees. Our talented event committee brought together the leading innovation physicians and national clinical HIT innovation experts from around the country who offered their forward leaning perspectives. The feedback has been incredibly positive, and was a fantastic follow-up to our CxO event last November.  

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ePatient Summit - April 4, 2017

By Dr. Bob Wilkov

NorCal HIMSS, in collaboration with El Camino Hospital and The Tech Museum of Innovation, is excited to host its annual flagship event on Patient Engagement on April 4, 2017 in San Jose, CA. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 ePatient Summit will focus on the latest digital innovations, big impact trends, and most prominent challenges shaping patient experience and care in Northern California and beyond.

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HIMSS 2017 Conference - Chapter Highlights

By Jim Bloedau, BS-MT, RRT, CPHIMS, President Elect, Innovation Chair, Northern California HIMSS

Our chapter was well represented at the 2017 HIMSS Conference in Orlando on February 19-23. From speaking engagements and Fellowship and Leadership awards to one of the best attended receptions, our board continues to get more deeply involved and become increasingly respected at the national level. As usual, board members unanimously reported that if you weren’t walking at least 15,000 steps per day, you weren’t taking full advantage of what the conference offers. Here are a few highlights from those who attended.

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CPHIMS Review Courses

By Cathy Coleman, Course Coordinator, Education Committee

Experienced professionals in HIT, clinical care and management are eligible for the national CPHIMS certification exam, which has been very popular for HIMSS members and non-members who want to advance their careers and validate their knowledge, skills and abilities through this special recognition (http://www.himss.org/health-it-certification/eligibility).

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National HIMSS Advocacy Challenge Winner

By Shanti Wilson, HIMSS Northern California Chair of HIT Advocacy and Ian Slade, HIMSS CAR Vice Chair Western Region 

HIMSS put out its first student advocacy challenge to find ways to support advocacy in your state. California won that challenge and below is Reginald Tuyay’s (the winner) proposed policy recommendations to reduce childhood obesity using Health IT. He is working with the Northern and Southern California HIMSS Chapters to advocate this and will be attending the May 3, 2017 State HIT Day in support of this. Below is the Abstract for his policy recommendation.

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Analytics and AI Dominate the 5th Annual Innovation Conference

By Jim Bloedau, BS-MT, RRT, CPHIMS, President Elect, Innovation Chair, Northern California HIMSS

With over 235 in attendance, the Chapter’s 5th Innovation conference was a fabulous success with many in attendance stating that it was the best ever. A stellar array of thought leaders explored how models that reward clinicians for improving patient outcomes rather than volume of care are being matched by health information technology (HIT) as it transitions to a post EHR era.

Our keynotes and panels presented perspectives from inside and outside healthcare on how innovation thinking can be applied to clinical and consumer workflows. They stressed that merely automating a task is taking a backseat to real-time analysis of key performance indicators needed on our road to personalized healthcare delivery. Sessions included:

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Sacramento January MeetUp

Good Energy Coming from the State’s Capitol City! Recap on the “Innovations in Healthcare, Progress and Challenges” MeetUp

By Evelyn Milani, Chair, Sacramento Meet-Ups

The Sacramento region has a robust healthcare ecosystem with people who share a passion for technology that is developed to improve patient outcomes, support better payment systems and policies, and improve efficiencies for clinicians and care teams.

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Advocacy 101 - USC Lecture Excerpts

By Ian Slade, HIMSS CAR Vice Chair Western Region

Recently I had an opportunity to speak to freshmen students at the USC School of Pharmacy. The lecture was part of a three-piece Advocacy session aimed at providing an overview of why Advocacy matters and how the students can get involved.

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