Winter 2018 Newsletter

Where Are Our Members

If you are a HIMSS South Dakota chapter member and especially if you have attended our Spring HIT Forum, then you have experienced the benefit of pulling together Health Information Technology professionals from across South Dakota. Events like the forum are my favorite part of being a HIMSS member in South Dakota, it provides opportunities to network and share knowledge and ideas with other talented HIT people in our state.

I wonder though if you would be surprised to learn that HIMSS South Dakota now has 448 members? We have grown from a group of a few dozen when the chapter was founded in 2010, and crossed the 400-member boundary in 2016. We are honored to have HIMSS members from Sioux Falls and Rapid City but groups of HIMSS members are growing in Aberdeen, Brookings, Yankton, Madison, and Mitchell, just to name a few.

We are encouraged by the continued expansion of our membership, as we truly wish to provide education, networking and professional support to information technology professionals working in the healthcare industry in every part of South Dakota.

Be sure to check out if you don’t already do so, it is a great resource in a great many ways. One current example is this series of 30-minute webinars leading into the HIMSS 2018 convention in Las Vegas. These webinars are also approved for Continued Education credits for HIMSS credentials.


Program Committee Updates

The Program Committee is finalizing the topics and speakers for the Spring Forum, which is scheduled on May 1 and 2 at the Sanford Research Center. We are planning a two day event with two tracks along with a vendor session. It is looking to be a great event! What a great way to get some current, relevant information close to home and network with your peers across the state! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!


Would you like to become involved with SDHIMSS? We could use some more help on the Program Committee. It’s a great way to get oriented to SDHIMSS and work with a great group of people! If you are interested, please contact Patti Brooks (Program Director) at



Have you been looking for ways to become more involved in HIMSS? Here is your chance! The time has come again for the SDHIMSS Chapter to begin looking for nominations for the open positions on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in either participating in the nominations committee or running for office, please reach out to The nominations committee will have their first meeting in February with a total of approximately 2-3 meetings between February and April.


The positions that will be up for election are: President Elect, Secretary, Program Director, and Member at Large The terms for these positions will begin June 2018. If you have any questions, please email


Candidates will be presented at our SDHIMSS Spring Meeting in May with voting to occur shortly thereafter.




Brief Description





Three (3) Years

1st Year President-Elect

2nd Year President

3rd Year Past-President


Assists the 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 Board of Directors. Assumes the office of the President upon conclusion of the one-year term as President-Elect.



Two (2) Years

Coordinates the arrangements and materials related to the Board of Directors and the Membership meetings. Records all actions of the Board and membership and prepares meeting minutes.

Program Director

Two (2) Years

Provides Leadership to the Program Committee to develop annual educational, professional development and networking opportunities for Chapter members and healthcare informational professionals in the community.




Director at Large

Two (2) Years

The Member-at-Large represents the interests of the general membership and conducts projects and accepts duties as assigned by the President and the Board of Directors. Provides leadership and support to the Board of Directors.




South Dakota Chapter of HIMSS Spring HIT Forum

May 1-2, 2018

Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, SD