Winter 2020 Newsletter
HIMSS – transforming health through information and technology
One of the most beneficial aspects of being a member of the South Dakota Chapter of HIMSS is the access you have to the national HIMSS website and information. This affords one the opportunity to receive healthcare technology news updates, as they happen, and to be the first to know about the many HIMSS events firsthand. It is the place to go for early information on the annual HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition and have complete information at your fingertips.
Another benefit of the HIMSS website access is the HIMSS eBook Series. You can download featured books to peruse and read, to stay current and knowledgeable in the latest or current trends in healthcare information technology. The current eBook that is available for review is Clinical Artificial Intelligence, providing insight into how machine learning and artificial intelligence will influence healthcare in the years to come. It applies to diagnostics, medical therapies, as well as population health management, and is an interesting and visually impressive read.
Check out the HIMSS website again, very soon, and see all the new information out there. There will be exciting new posts coming in from HIMSS20 too! Keep updated on the many learning opportunities that are available. Sometimes it is interesting to visit other HIMSS Chapter websites too and see what is happening throughout the country as well as globally.
Need for Data Security Grows as Healthcare Threats Rise
Data security – it’s a challenge for many industries, but healthcare organizations face more issues than most. Recently, more than two million healthcare records were breached – more than the previous three months combined. Is your organization prepared?
In Midco’s recent blog post, Enterprise Sales Consultant Andrew Simmons analyzes how the healthcare industry is facing increased security threats – and discusses how diversifying your data storage can help you avoid breaches.
Program Committee Update
The Program Committee is finalizing the topics and speakers for the Spring HIT Forum, which is scheduled on April 21st. We are planning an event with exceptional speakers, with some combined sessions as well as a few specialized tracks, along with a networking and vendor session. Visit our website for more information coming soon. It is shaping up to be another great annual event in 2020, for the South Dakota Chapter of HIMSS!
The “Save the Date” notification has been sent and we hope that you have received it and have already marked your calendar, with plans to attend. What a great way to receive current, relevant healthcare technology information close to home, and network with your colleagues across the state!
HIMSS- South Dakota Chapter
Charlotte McMullen, Telemedicine Specialist
“As a HIMSS chapter member, I’ve gained exposure to different viewpoints on how healthcare innovation practices are run outside of Sanford Health. Being a member has allowed me the opportunity to meet other advanced healthcare leaders, and to broaden my understanding of how other healthcare organizations are managing the dynamic nature of the industry. This last HIMSS conference, Spring HIT forum, really broadened my views on Telemedicine/Telehealth and the areas for growth in that business. Because of that networking opportunity, I changed career paths from a lab focused area to telemedicine. In my new role with the Telemedicine department, Sanford OneConnect, I am gaining an understanding of how important Telemedicine is in rural healthcare settings and to providers in those areas. Thank you to SDHIMSS for showing me another area of importance in healthcare, and for allowing me the opportunity to meet others in this sector.”
South Dakota HIMSS NEEDS YOU!
Would you like to become involved with South Dakota HIMSS?
Have you been looking for ways to become more involved in the South Dakota Chapter of HIMSS? Here is your chance!
The Nominations Committee of the South Dakota Chapter of HIMSS begins the search for nominees for the open positions on the Board of Directors beginning in January. If you are interested in either participating in the Nominations Committee or running for one of the positions as a member of the Board, please reach out to any of the current Board members or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nominations Committee meets to prepare for the nominee search and communication to the membership, then to select the nominees, and prepare the ballots for the election in the spring.
Candidates will be presented at our SDHIMSS Spring HIT Forum and Meeting on April 21st, with voting to occur shortly thereafter.
Please review the open Board positions below and let us know of your interest!
Key Responsibilities for Board Positions
|President-Elect||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.
|Secretary||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.|
Current Board Members:
President: Brenda Soper
President-Elect - Brookes Noem
Secretary - Michelle Walters
Treasurer - Renee Hejna
Membership Director - Kristi Jones
Director of Communications - Eli Seeley
Member at Large - Erica Knippling