Dr. Denise Hines
, Executive Director of GaHIN, has served as the Chair of the HIMSS North America Board since July 2017. The HIMSS18 Conference was demanding but rewarding for Dr. Hines. Following are a few of her HIMSS highlights:
"There were so many inspiring moments at HIMSS18, beginning with the thought-provoking keynotes and continuing through the wide range of speakers. I particularly enjoyed being a part of the Awards program, which recognized healthcare professionals from around the world who are setting new standards for care quality and innovative uses of technology.
"The globalization of HIMSS and level of diversity was very rewarding, especially when I think back to a decade or so ago, when the attendees were primarily U.S. men. The celebration of diversity, which has been central to my leadership, led to one of my favorite parts of the conference, the Women in HIT event.
"I spoke with a number of people entering the field, who told me they were encouraged - and even thrilled - to see a black female in a leadership position. In fact, that is one of the reasons I chose to dedicate my time to HIMSS.
"It was fascinating to meet with some of the speakers and to have the opportunity to have a fireside chat with Dr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at ONC, who is a strong supporter of HIEs.
"But one of the biggest thrills for me was being on stage with Magic Johnson, the final keynote speaker. So smart, so pleasant and so tall!"