July 2018 Newsletter
  • Board & Election Updates
  • Upcoming HIMSS & Partner Events
  • 6th Biennial WA HIMSS Conference - Call for Speakers & Sponsors
  • Advocacy Update
  • Our Sponsors
HIMSS Washington Board & Election Updates
The incoming Board recently held a mini-retreat to kick off the new Chapter year. It was very exciting to hear the energy and ideas from this new team - the team is rejuvenated and expanded with tremendous energy to create great programs and broaden the reach of the chapter.  

Our chapter is here to support you – whether you are new to healthcare or an industry veteran, a clinician, technologist, student, or one of the many other professionals who have an interest in improving healthcare by using technology and information. 

We are a volunteer-run organization, and your input and participation are vital to our success! If you see a need, you can step up and help make something happen. Our agenda this year is filling with programs and events that I hope will continue to provide education and networking opportunities that you value. We listen closely to our members and strive to cover the topics you’re most interested in, featuring local, regional, and national speakers who provide insight and engage in conversations about the technology and trends that affect us all. 

Watch our website , LinkedIn and Twitter feeds to keep abreast of what’s coming up. Take a minute to review our incoming Board and see some great new faces.

As your 2018-2019 Washington HIMSS Chapter President, it is truly an honor and pleasure to serve. I hope to see you at an upcoming event, and I look forward to continuing the exciting work of our Chapter.  

Gwen O’Keefe, MD
President 2018-2019
HIMSS Washington 

2018 - 2019 WA HIMSS Board Election Results & New Board Members:
Gwen O'Keefe
President 2018 - 2019
Dylan Strecker
President Elect 2019 - 2020
NEW: Emily Jacobsen
Kelly Nettle
NEW: Artina Mitchell
Business Development & Sponsorship Chair
NEW: Dwayne Neufeld
Programs Chair
Volunteer Opportunities
Want to help plan one of our annual programs or join a committee? Volunteering for our outstanding events or getting involved with program planning, communications and sponsorship are great ways to expand your professional network and advance your career.
Volunteer for a Committee: Nursing Informatics Committee, Fall Conference Committee, Membership Outreach Committee
Upcoming Events
WA HIMSS 6th Biennial Fall Conference:
Call for Speakers & Sponsors
Transforming the Experience for the Provider, Payer and Patient through Technology
A two-day conference hosted by the HIMSS WA Chapter where speakers, panelists, educators and technology vendors provide ideas, knowledge and thought leadership to local healthcare IT specialists, clinicians, hospitalists, nurses and administrative staff.
 Conference topics will include:
  • Patient and provider experience and engagement
  • Medical and clinical diagnostics
  • Population health management
  • Privacy, security, compliance, and HIPAA
  • Operational excellence
Become a Speaker
Speakers Wanted: Informative, inspiring and forward-thinking Providers, Payers and Educators willing to share real world examples that demonstrate how technology and innovation is transforming the healthcare experience in your organization. Click below for more information and to download the application. Applications Due July 15.
Become a Sponsor
If you are a technology vendor, manufacturer or consultant and have a product or service that transforms the way providers and payers delivers care to patients, then don’t miss this opportunity to share! Various packages are available. Click below to visit our website and review the different sponsorship package options. Sponsors due by Oct 1.
Emerging Technologies Series
Special thanks to everyone who came out for our event on June 20, and to Ryan Sousa and the Enterprise Analytics team from Seattle Children's for their presentation on the "Power Data Innovation that Transforms Care".

We are excited to announce that we will be continuing this series throughout the year, so check back soon for our next event planned for late Summer!

Interested in being a speaker or sponsor at a future Emerging Technologies event? Email us!
News & Updates
Washington State Health IT Advoacy Update
Chad Hiner, Advoacy Chair
Healthcare IT related bills passed by the Washington State Legislature in 2018:
  • Telemedicine: Extending the Duration of the Collaborative for the - Advancement of Telemedicine - Extends the termination date for the Collaborative for the Advancement of Telemedicine to December 31, 2021.
  • Telemedicine: Concerning Telemedicine Payment Parity – Requires the Collaborative for the Advancement of Telemedicine to review the concept of telemedicine payment parity, develop recommendations including parameters for a payment parity pilot program, and report to the Legislature by December 1, 2018.
  • Health Information: Requests for Medical Records to Support an Application for Social Security Benefits - Requires health care facilities, providers, and insurance issuers to provide, upon request, one free copy of a person's health care information if the person is appealing the denial of federal Supplemental Security Income or Social Security disability benefits.
  • Health Information: Concerning Bone Marrow Donation Information Provided to Driver's License and Identicard Applicants - Requires the Department of Licensing to provide each driver's license and identicard applicant with written materials about bone marrow donation and being placed on the bone marrow donor registry. Requires the Department of Health to report to the Legislature the results of the efforts to increase public awareness of bone marrow donation.

Our Sponsors
New Sponsor: 1Call
Streamline and simplify clinical communications throughout your organization with 1Call’s complete suite of enterprise-wide communication solutions. Hospitals and healthcare organizations turn to 1Call to solve their call center, on-call scheduling, secure texting, and emergency notification needs. 1Call has been, and will continue to be the leader in developing, implementing, and maintaining features and technology designed to increase efficiency and contain costs throughout your organization.

Thank You to Our Sponsors