Volume 2017 | January 15 2017
News and Updates
Welcome to Western Pennslyvania HIMSS Chapter NEW quarterly newsletter. As you may have noticed from recent emails the Chapter is moving to more user friendly communication platforms. In addition the Chapter utilizes three social media channels; LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, we welcome you to follow us on any or all of these channels.  We look forward to seeing your comments!  

The Chapter n ewsletters will focus on our members, and what they are doing in the industry. WPA HIMSS newsletter will feature the Chapter's latest news, events, member profiles, and information about resources that are available to HIMSS members. 

Make sure to check your email for Chapter newsletter, event calendar, and much more .
Message from Chapter President

Greetings Western PA HIMSS Members, and happy 2017! Thank you for your participation during our successful 2016 year.  A special thank you to our sponsors,  TEKsystems Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse , and  Connection  for their financial sustenance of our chapter.

This past year, we have increased our chapter's membership by over 70 members, gaining the IT department at Allegheny Health Network as an  Organizational Affiliate .

We had our most successful Vision 2020 and PA Healthcare Summit events this past fall, and plans are already in the works to continue with these events in 2017. Save-the-date for our  4th Annual PA Healthcare Summit on October 20, 2017.

This spring, we are collaborating with the  West Virginia HIMSS Chapter  for a day-long event on  April 7, 2017  in Morgantown, WV. The theme of this conference will be  “Theory to Implementation”,  looking at applications, tools, and solutions for effective population health management. Please save-the-date, and check back to our website's events page for additional details!

If you are attending the  HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition in Orlando February 19-23,  please join our chapter for the  Luncheon  with the Central PA and Delaware Valley chapters, the  Communities Open House , and our  Chapter Meet Up ! Contact me with any questions.

Looking forward to continuing our momentum in 2017! Thank you for your ongoing support of the  Western PA HIMSS  chapter and  HIMSS National .


Jenny Sabol                                                          
Western PA HIMSS President

HIMSS17 Conference & Exhibition 

February 19-23, 2017

Orlando, Oranage County Convention Center

5 Days / 300 Sessions / 1,200 Exhibitors / 45,000 Colleagues

Register by January 23, 2017 and SAVE! 
Regional Events at HIMSS17

Event: Luncheon at HIMSS17 with Central PA and Delaware Valley HIMSS Chapters

Date:  Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time:  11:00am-1:00pm

Location:  Rosen Centre


  • WPAHIMSS Members $40.00
  • Non-Members $50.00
  • Student Members: $20.00

Click to Register for Regional HIMSS17 Luncheon 

Description: The Central Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley, Jersey and Western Pennsylvania HIMSS Chapters are partnering to bring you a fabulous lunch and networking reception at HIMSS16. Join us and meet members of our boards to learn more about our annual programs, events and activities.

Event: HIMSS Communities Open House at HIMSS17

Date:   Monday, February 20, 2017

Time:   5:30pm-6:30pm

Location:   Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Ballroom Foyer (above Hall C)

Registration:   No registration needed!

Description:   Take this opportunity to see true value in HIMSS membership. Learn about HIMSS Chapters, Communities, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Fellows, Committees, Task Forces, Emerging Professionals and more during this casual and informative open house. Light refreshments will be served.

Western PA HIMSS will host a table at this event!

Event:   Millennials on a Mission Reception at HIMSS17

Date:   Monday, February 20, 2017

Time:   6:30pm-8:00pm

Location:   Club 39 (located in the Rosen Plaza Hotel)

Registration:   $45
A portion of the registration fee will be donated to the HIMSS Foundation to support future scholarships 

Description:  Western PA HIMSS President, Jenny Sabol, will again be co-chairing the 2nd annual Millennials on a Mission Reception at HIMSS17! Join the Millennial generation for cocktails, cutting-edge conversation, and a photo booth.   This exclusive reception offers an opportunity for Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, to network with their peers of future leaders and innovators, while also giving back to the community.  

The Millennials reception will provide a relaxed social forum for networking with peers that will follow you as your career progresses – your future colleagues, employers and employees, so bring your business cards – you don't want to miss it!

Space is limited - early registration is recommended.

Prizes will be available!

Event: WPHIMSS Chapter Meetup

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time:   4:00pm-5:00pm

Location:   Exhibit Floor Lobby

Description : The purpose is to give chapter members the opportunity to take a break from the busy conference schedule, connect with local members of their chapter, and provide an additional networking forum
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E vent:  Health IT Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

Date:  Wednesday, January 25, 20217

Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse,  2425 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Description:   Healthcare organizations are challenged on a regular basis to meet ever-changing compliance and regulatory requirements while balancing resources and operations to maintain excellent patient care. This presentation will highlight major IT compliance and regulatory requirements healthcare organizations face and how they have successfully (or unsuccessfully) met those requirements.
Seeking Chapter President Elect
The Western PA HIMSS chapter is seeking a new president-elect for the remainder of the 2016-2017 board year. They would serve as president-elect until June 2017, and then take over as chapter president starting in July 2017 through June 2018.

The requirements for the candidate are that they must be members in good standing of both HIMSS National and the Western PA chapters for at least one year. The responsibilities include:

Assists the Chapter President in conducting the business affairs and activities of the Chapter through special assignments and duties delegated at the direction of the president and/or the Board of Directors, including strategic planning and initiatives as well as business development
Complete the chapter’s Annual Standards Report, due July 31, 2017
Presides at regular meetings of the Chapter Board of Directors and the membership in the absence of the Chapter president.  Assumes the office of the president upon conclusion of term as president-elect.  May be required to complete the unfulfilled term of the current Chapter President due to resignation or special circumstances.

If you are interested in this position or would like to nominate a colleague, please contact Jenny Sabol at 412-496-3494 or Jennifer.sabol@gmail.com
Membership Updates


If you are interested in furthering your career, joining WPAHIMSS is a good start. WPAHIMSS is the regional chapter of the much larger HIMSS national chapter. WPAHIMSS is a synergistic group, meaning that the effect of a collection of people is greater than just one person. So, how exactly can becoming part of this synergistic group help further your professional goals? Here are some benefits of joining an association.

Enhance your HIT professional network:

For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. WPAHIMSS sponsors numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. Since WPAHIMSS and HIMSS have national or local conferences, you can participate and have the opportunity to learn about breaking news in your career, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or you may be in a position to become a mentor to someone else. Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in WPAHIMSS is a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you.

Broaden your HIT knowledge:

WPAHIMSS provides an enormous amount of access to resource information such as; case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts in your field or area of interest. Another reason to join WPAHIMSS is to learn more or stay informed about issues in Healthcare IT. Additionally, WPAHIMSS provides a source for scholarship information, links to publications, and awards for persons achieving excellence in their Healthcare IT. No matter what area of HIT you are in, staying on top of all of these issues is important.

So, whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your career area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining WPAHIMSS is a step in the right direction!

WPA HIMSS Chapter Makes News!

Our chapter president, Jenny Sabol, was featured in a November article on HIMSS.org!

Click Here for More Details 

Check out Chapter President Jenny Sabol's article on the Highmark Health Blog! 

Click Here for Highmark Health Blog

Mentorship Program
Western PA HIMSS is proud to announce our mentorship program beginning in January 2017.  Our goal is to connect students and young professionals with mentors in the healthcare IT industry to provide career advice and guidance.  Students are able to join HIMSS at a reduced $30 / year membership fee which provides for valuable resources for emerging healthcare IT professionals.  All students and young professionals are encouraged to register to the Western PA HIMSS mentorship program to be paired up with local mentors in the Pittsburgh area.                                                  

If you are interested in acting as a mentor, or have any questions about the program, please contact Ryan Brown ( ryan@tblive.com ).

Mentees should be a current student or a young professional with less than 5 years of professional experience.  Mentors should have at least 5 years of experience in healthcare IT.

Registration and more information can be found on our website.    

Photo: Chapter president Jenny Sabol with board members Ryan Brown and Matt Carbonara presented to the Duquesne University Health Management Systems Society. Also pictured: club president Eric Balash and vice president Catherine Connolly.)

Sponsor Spotlight   

TEKsystems is  the nation’s leading technology staffing and services company. Annually, TEKsystems deploy 70,000 technical professional from over 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia in various divisions including Applications, Network Infrastructure, End User support, and Clinical IT services. 

TEKsystems Healthcare division serves more than 700 healthcare clients, deploying 5,500 HIT professionals each year. Nationally, TEKsystems works with 1,600 Hospitals, 12,000 Ambulatory facilities, and 700 Sub-acute facilities.

Here locally in Pittsburgh, we help support various providers, payers and Healthcare IT companies.

Combining a proven track record of superior performance, a quality-focused approach to service delivery, and the highest-caliber technical professionals in the market, TEKsystems helps our clients successfully plan, build, and run their critical technology initiatives .
Call Out for Sponsors
The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare professionals with educational conferences, networking opportunities, and a forum for the exchange of ideas. We are seeking sponsors to allow our chapter to continue hosting our educational and networking opportunities.

Your sponsorship will be valid for one year, starting with the month of your donation. For further information on sponsorship of the Western PA Chapter of HIMSS, please visit our sponsorship page or e-mail Jenny Sabol , President of WPHIMSS or Matt Carbonara , our Business Development and Sponsorship Chair.