Summer 2020 Newsletter

Summer 2020

Congratulations New Board Members!!

With elections just complete, at our annual Board Retreat, we will welcome five new board members.  

President Elect: Holly Arends

Secretary: Mark Smith, Monument Health

Program Director: Patti Brooks, Avera Health

Member at Large: Marcine Forcette, Sanford Health

Treasurer: Julia Althoff, Avera Health

The HIMSS Brand

The HIMSS Brand represents everything about where the organization has come from and more importantly, where it is going.  There is a clear connection to the Mission and Vision of this great organization.  Please review the website and expect to see the newest branding information consistenly applied throughout our ecosystem.  


To realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere.


Reform the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology.


HIMSS COVID Digital Think Tank

As members of our community continue to work aggresively to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, HIMSS has stepped forward and is sponsoring a place to share ideas and best practices as we all work to bring our world back to normal.  


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
Midco® Business

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.

Read Full Article on Midco’s Insight Center


HIMSS Testimonial

HIMSS- South Dakota Chapter

Anonymous HIMSS Member

“I have been a member of HIMSS for over 15 years. Everything changes very quickly in the technology sector but HIMSS remains a trusted source of information that allows me to see what my peers are doing across the globe. At times when I have felt disconnected, HIMSS has allowed me to be plugged into everything that is current and newsworthy. During COVID while working long hours at home I felt even more disconnected and did not always feel as though I was in possession of the latest and greatest news concerning the disease and how our community was tackling this challenge head on. HIMSS allowed me to see some of the great work going on across the globe by our fellow health IT practitioners. It helped instill a sense of community and made me proud to be a member of HIMSS”



With elections complete, we can begin planning for positions next year, 2021!  Review the information below as it pertains to the board roles.  We look forward to our next election.  



Key Responsibilities for Board Positions

PositionCommittmentBrief Description
President-ElectThree (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.


SecretaryTwo (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 DirectorTwo (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.


Member at LargeTwo (2) YearsThe 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: Brookes Noem

President-elect: Holly Arends

Secretary: Mark Smith

Treasurer: Julia Althoff

Communications: Eli Seeley

Membership: Christi Jones

Program Director: Patti Brooks

Member at Large: Marcine Forrette

Past President: Brenda Soper