Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Wow, it’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed already.  As I get ready to step into the role of Past President, I have time to reflect on my time as your President.

First, I must send a shout out to my Board, without them we would not have made the progress that we did.  Thank you Kevin, Erica, Kathleen, Jennifer, Reina, Denise, and BJ; I have really enjoyed getting to know each of you better.  Additional shout outs need to go to the Program, Communications, and Bylaws Committees for all of their efforts this past year.

Second, did we do everything we set out to do? Yes and no. If you remember, our goals as a Board were to:

  • Continue member distribution to encompass the entire state of South Dakota.
  • Increase membership, while maintaining current members.
  • Measure member satisfaction.
  • Provide a minimum of twelve education programming hours.
  • Plan and conduct a minimum of three chapter educational events/meetings.
  • Maintain chapter solvency, while increasing the chapter’s bottom line.
  • Communicate with and engage our membership, through newsletters, social media, etc.
  • Maintain a useful and timely website.
  • Strengthen the roles of designated committees, by documenting processes and recruiting fresh input.

We were successful in meeting each of these goals, but may not have reached our stretch goal in each area.  For example: we started with 323 members at the beginning of the year and were hoping to reach 400; we peaked at 382.

What I am most proud of is moving our Chapter more into the spotlight of all of the bigger chapters without losing sight of our commitment to our own chapter.  We hosted an Informatics Boot Camp that had nine states represented. We co-hosted a luncheon at the national HIMSS Conference, as well as a Block Party Booth.  We also hosted two professional education opportunities, accounting for 14.5 program hours; that brings our annual total to 29 hours.  We have proven that South Dakota is a force to be reckoned with.

Third, I would like to welcome our newest Board members to the fold.  I look forward to your perspective on the direction our chapter needs to take.

Fourth, I would be remiss without thanking Jennifer for the great job she did as the Communications Director.  Under her tenure, we launched a new website and increased our social media communications greatly.  I would also like to thank Kathleen, Treasurer, for her efforts in keeping our financial house in order. Lastly, my thanks to BJ for always being available to lend a hand and even pulling us (me) out of the fire a time or two.

Finally, I wish by my successor, Denise Stover, a successful year.  I have no doubt she will be an outstanding President.

Good Luck!

Bobbi Jean

Outgoing SDHIMSS President



SDHIMSS Clinical Informatics Boot Camp -- What Did You Miss?

On February 12th and 13th, SD HIMSS held our first ever Clinical Informatics Boot Camp in rustic Deadwood, SD. This boot camp was cleverly marketed with the title of “Straight to the Heart” relating to the gambling environment of Deadwood and more importantly, the impact of healthcare informatics on patient safety and outcomes. Dr. Susan Newbold, PhD, and Dana Womack, MSN, offered an informatics curriculum built on foundations of practice, system design life cycle and data management/health technology. The program also addressed informatics trends and the issues we face today in healthcare. The second day of the course offered a preparation session for nurses interested in becoming Certified Informatics Nurses. The boot camp offered  14.5 continuing education (CE) credits,  a program workbook, and a copy of the book, Essentials of Nursing Informatics (5th ed.). We had a great turn out with 20 attendees and two special guest speakers, Dr. Scott Eccarius and Katey Ortlieb, MSN. Thankfully the weather was cooperative and we got the pleasure of meeting informatics peers from NE, MT, CO, OR, ND, and several other HIMSS members from all parts of SD.

Here’s to a great first informatics boot camp and supporting growth of informatics professionals!

Denise Stover




SDHIMSS 2015 Election Results

Congratulations to our new SD HIMSS Board Members! We look forward to having these newly elected as part of the leadership team. Please welcome them!

  • Wendy White, President-Elect
  • Marcine Forrette, Treasurer
  • Nate Reichelt, Communications Director


Spring 2015 HIT Forum Summary

I attended the SDHIMSS chapter's spring conference for the first time. There was a great turnout at conference on Wednesday. For members that couldn't attend, I thought it would be great to do a short recap of the day's events.  I will give you a recap from my perspective.

President Bobbi Jean Jarvinen opening remarks to kick off the day's events. She introduced the candidates for this year's openings on the board. The SDHIMSS nominating committee did a great job in getting candidates for the open board positions. Elections will be in a couple of weeks so be watching your email for voting instructions.

Bruce Eckert from Beacon Partners was the first speaker of the day. He did a fantastic presentation on clinical business intelligence (BI), strategies for implementation BI, and the business case for implementing it. He is a very engaging speaker and it was a great presentation.
After morning break there were two educational tracks. I attended the track on HIT security. Buzz Hillestad from Secure Healthcare Solutions discussed what can be learned from some of the largest data breaches and proactive approaches to preventing security breaches.

Michelle Walter from Avera Health was the speaker over the lunch hour. She gave a fantastic presentation on communication in a digital age. She discussed strategies for improving communication a digital environment and also talked about the benefits of occasionally unplugging from technology. I know I personally am guilty of being too ‘connected’ at times and feel more productive when I take a break from being constantly connected.

The first session of the afternoon was a presentation on HIE by Kevin Dewald and Lance Janing at HealthPoint. They discussed where South Dakota is at in advancing HIE and talked about HealthLink which is clinical direct messaging application used by providers throughout South Dakota. The next sessions were broken into two tracks. I attended the track Impact of EMR Usability on Patient Safety and Clinical Workflow. A very engaging panel of individuals from different organizations spoke about ways to design EMR clinical workflow to help aid in patient safety. Denise Stover Director of Clinical Informatics at Regional Health, Megan Maddox Safety Office at Sanford Health, and Patti Brooks from Dakota State University all gave great tips and tools for designing clinical workflow.

After the afternoon split tracks, attendees had a chance to network and converse on different HIT areas. Some of the networking tables included Business Continuity, Data Analytics, Meaningful Use, and EMR Usability. I found this to be a really innovative way to encourage conversation and networking. Thanks go out to the SDHIMSS programming committee for putting this together. I really enjoyed the opportunity to network at different roundtables.

The last education session of the day was an engaging presentation on Business Intelligence roadmap by Bruce Eckert.  The conference ended with closing remarks and door prizes. It was such a great day of education and networking. It was great connecting with other SDHIMSS members and meeting some of the chapter leaders for the first time. South Dakota has a wealth of knowledgeable Health IT professionals that are making great strides advancing HIT initiatives and technology in the state.

Warm Regards,

Sarah R. Keppen, RHIA
SDHIMSS Social Media Coordinator