New England Chapter of HIMSS

Welcome to the New England HIMSS Chapter Website!

The New England HIMSS Chapter works hard to bring education, collaboration and networking opportunities to our members all over the six-state region. Keeping up in the ever-changing, fast paced world of Healthcare IT can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned professionals.

Our mission is to not only keep up with the changes that impact quality, safety and efficiency but to be a leader so please join us and participate in the events planned for our chapter year:
Calendar of Events

Scroll down to see all the latest news.  Be sure to check out our Newsletters and our President’s Message.

All of this work would not be possible without the dedication of our Board of Directors and our many committee members/volunteers and Sponsors.

Interested in become a member of NEHIMSS or HIMSS National? How about being a volunteer at a national level? Clicking one of the two links below to access the HIMSS National Website to register.



New England HIMSS would like to congratulate our very own Zhaoxi (Sarah) Zhang on her graduation from Northeastern University with a Masters of Science in Health Informatics!  Sarah is a volunteer on our Marketing and Communications Committee and plays a critical role by helping us maintain our website.  Please join us in congratulating Sarah on her achievements!


New England HIMSS News and Announcements

Dear New England HIMSS members,


The New England Chapter of HIMSS (NEHIMSS) would like to request your help in completing our membership survey. Your feedback will provide valuable input to the board of directors and committees.


The 2019 NEHIMSS membership survey should take each person 10 minutes or less to complete and will allow the chapter to better serve the needs of it's members. Our primary goal is to improve our event offerings to our membership and meet your professional development needs. We welcome your thoughts and additional input in the comment questions.


Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to complete this survey!


*As a thank you for completing this survey, we will have a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.



*Please see additional details about this offering in the survey. NOTE: Your survey will no longer be anonymous.





2019-2020 Scholarship Winner Announced

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 scholarship recipient Sakshi Chhaperwal, at Health Informatics major at Northeastern University! The New England HIMSS Scholarship awarded Sakshi with $5000.00 and a trip to the HIMSS National conference.

Sakshi is a Graduate Student in Health Informatics at Northeastern University and has been an active contributor to the medical analytics community from her days of internship with eminent practitioners in Public Health Dentistry Department at Shri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science. She recognized the importance of data-driven decision making in medical research at a very young age and intends to branch out in Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare Organizations. Her academic projects have illustrated extensive use of hypothesis testing, multivariate regression techniques, supervised and unsupervised machine learning to predict the factors influencing the presence of heart diseases. She is proficient with latest tools that are popularly used in the Machine Learning community and also happens to be an enthusiastic author on the applications of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Healthcare.

In her time outside of academics, she enjoys mentoring students and has served as a Teaching Assistant for a Graduate level course on Introduction to Health Data Analytics under Prof. Holly Jimison at Northeastern University’s Khoury college of Computer Science and Bouve College of Health Sciences.


The Latest Edition of our Newsletter is Here!

The Fall Edition of our Newsletter is here!


This Week is National Health IT Week!

U.S. National Health IT Week, Sept. 23 – 27, is a nationwide action week focused on supporting healthy communities through the application of information and technology. Learn more. #NHITWeek

It takes one minute to participate in @HIMSS Call to Action to modernize U.S. public health data infrastructure. Take action here. #NHITWeek #GovHIT


Now Accepting Applications for our Mentorship Program

Are you an IT professional looking to share your knowledge with others? Are you seeking guidance and advice from a mentor? We are looking for volunteers interested in joining a network of committed members’ across various facilities and state lines. Our program has transformed this year by incorporating group mentorship into the process.


For more information and the application, please visit the Mentorship Page.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Welcome from our

2019-2020 New England HIMSS President 



Welcome to the NEHIMSS Chapter website, a valuable resource to connect and network with thought leaders, advisors, and colleagues working every day to support the transformation of health through information and technology. Whether you produce, use, store, move or analyze information, or if you work with the technologies that support these activities, we have a wealth of information and events throughout the year to support you.

Our Board of Directors and Committee members have never been more committed towards developing educational programs, networking opportunities and provider/patient events to meet the ever-changing interests of our chapter members. NEHIMSS is a volunteer organization and I am proud to say that each one of our board members has committed themselves and their time to this great organization.

Our members have expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise health leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology. Throughout the upcoming year, this exceptional group meets throughout New England to provide education and networking opportunities. I hope you will join us!

We would not be able to plan these informative and valuable events if it were not for our sponsors’ generosity and participation. I want to thank them for their endorsement and continued support of the chapter and our members.

Volunteers are the core of our organization. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any member of our Board of Directors for more information.

I look forward to sharing a conversation, seeing you at an event and learning from your ideas as to how the NEHIMSS chapter can support you in your dynamic and critical role of healthcare information systems.

Jeff Loughlin

President, New England HIMSS





Check out our Summer Newsletter!


The Summer 2019 Edition of our Newsletter is here!


Scholarship Applications are Now Open!


The New England Chapter of HIMSS is pleased to sponsor a scholarship for a student of health information technology or informatics. The chapter established this scholarship to promote the development of emerging leaders in health information technology management. New England student members are all encouraged to apply for the scholarship. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship award, the recipient will also receive a trip to the HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition (some restrictions may apply).

The call for scholarship applications opens on August 8, 2019 and will close on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm CT. Scholarship recipients will be notified in November 2019. For more information, contact

Click here for more details and to apply!


Want to know more about our Telehealth and Cybersecurity Conference at Salve Regina in Newport, RI on Thursday August 22nd?


Check out the interview with New England HIMSS Rhode Island Advocacy Committee Member, Steve Earle, on WATD 95.9 Radio!  Please tune in Thursday night at 9PM on WATD 95.9FM to listen on the radio.



Opportunities for Project Support through Student Mentorship


Northeastern University invites you to join the Experiential Network (XN) program which provides companies with the opportunity to work with talented students on short-term projects. This arrangement enables companies to move forward on project-based work at no cost while giving students highly relevant work experience and real-world learning opportunities.


Projects are carried out virtually over a flexible six-week period as an academic exercise in students’ coursework as an assignment or capstone project. Projects conclude with an actionable deliverable for the company that provides insight and recommendations to inform critical business decisions. Students bring proficiency in many domains such as healthcare management, health informatics, biotech, and project management. XN allows our partners to engage with rising professionals on exciting and important project work while collaborating with the next generation of professionals.


Get in touch with Emily Kingston at to learn more about XN and discuss your project needs!



New England HIMSS Achieves Ambassador Level of Chapter Advocacy!



Announcing the 2019-2020 New England HIMSS Elected Officials


Dear New England Chapter of HIMSS (NEHIMSS) chapter member,

On behalf of Jeffrey Loughlin, President-Elect, and the chapter board of directors, I am pleased to announce the elected officers for the 2019-20 chapter year.



Amy Chacko
Currently serves as Chair of the Marketing and Communications

Amy Chacko brings almost fifteen years of EHR experience. She has a proven track record of engaging nurses, physicians and both clinicians and financial users in the use of medical software in various EHR systems, as a Senior Business Systems Analyst, Senior Clinical Systems Analyst, a Senior Consultant, Application Coordinator and Team Lead. She maintains a broad understanding of the daily work of nurses and physicians, concerns of the allied disciplines, quality/patient safety/evidence-based practice initiatives, and the regulatory environment. She stands out amongst her peers for her background in clinical systems knowledge as well as financial systems knowledge. Bringing this rare background to the table keeps her in demand because she can speak to all sides of a hospital system with a thorough understanding of cause-and-effect.

Her involvement with HIMSS and NEHIMSS spans over ten years, serving in various capacities. She has served as a committee member of HIMSS International Professional Certification Committee (2016-2018), a committee member of HIMSS International Professional Development Committee since 2018, a mentor for up and coming healthcare professionals for New England HIMSS since 2016, a member of the Marketing and Communications committee for New England HIMSS since 2017 and has been the Chair for the committee since 2018.

She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Professional in Health Information Systems (CPHIMS) and a Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) holder. She also holds a Master's Degree in Health and Medical Informatics from Brandeis University.



Monique Czulewicz
Currently serves as chapter Treasurer

Monique Czulewicz is a Revenue Cycle Analyst who enjoys working hands-on with hospital billing systems and workflows. As an active board member of New England HIMSS, Monique is proud to be a part of a community that believes in putting patients and their families first. Monique originally began her career in 2008 with the Merrill Lynch Operations Leadership Program in New York and pivoted to the healthcare industry in 2011. She currently holds the role of Epic Professional Billing Analyst/Principal Trainer at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA and has previously worked at Partners Healthcare and Boston Medical Center. Monique is enrolled at Northeastern University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and is now pursuing her Master's Degree in Health Informatics.



Renee Broadbent

Renee serves as Senior Manager, VCISO Services for Wolf; developing, implementing and providing VCISO services for clients. She is a senior level healthcare executive with an extensive background in information security, strategic planning, information technology, HIPAA, data interoperability and value-based care. She has held the role of Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Information Officer in both hospital health systems as well as Managed Care Organizations (MCO). Most recently, Renee served as AVP of Population Health Information Technology and Strategy at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts and was part of the leadership team that achieved $22 million in savings for the Accountable Care Organization and was a member of the Cyber Security Executive Committee, which provided oversite to the health system on the execution of the data security strategy.

Renee is an accomplished author, publishing in a variety of healthcare related journals and periodicals. Many of those can found at In addition, she presented at 2018 at national HIMSS in Las Vegas, Creating a Population Health Strategy that Scales a sold-out presentation and one of the highest rated presentations of the event.


Please join me in congratulating our newest elected officials of the New England Chapter of HIMSS!


Warm Regards,

Tim Wong

New England Chapter of HIMSS


Check out the videos and images from our 2019 Annual Spring Conference!

Unable to attend the event, check out some of the videos from our 2019 Annual Spring Conference!

Check out the full video of our conference!

Opening Remarks - NEHIMSS President Tim Wong

Physician burnout: Changing the EHR from a Liability to an Asset - Dr. Chaoui & Dr. Garber

CIO Panel - Brian Richard, Manu Tandon and Joel Vengco Moderated by Karen Bowling

Hot or Not? A Doctor & Patient Role Play the Archaic and the Modern Way to Engage - ePatient Dave and Dr. Sands

The New HIT, From Healthcare Information Technology to Healthcare Integrated Team - Dr. Chacko

Care Management: Using Predictive Analytics to Choose the “Actionable” Patients? - Dr. Parker

Open Source Healthcare - Juhan Sonin

Information Across the Care Continuum - Micky Tripathi

Closing Remarks and Raffles - Jeff Loughlin



See New England HIMSS Annual Spring Conference 2019" images using the following link

For Patriot Ring Images use the following link

The password for both is NEHIMSS2019

Check Out the Spring 2019 Edition Newsletter!

The Spring 2019 Edition of our newsletter is here!

New England HIMSS 2019 Annual Spring Conference

Our annual spring conference took place at Gillette this year on Thursday May 16th, 2019.  You can find materials from the event here.


Please be sure to read the article from Computerworld, by Lucas Mearian, about Dr. Larry Garber and Dr. Alain Chaoui's discussion on Physician burnout: Changing the EHR from a Liability to an Asset.


Please read Sue Shade's reflections, in healtsystemsCIO, on Dr. Daniel Sands and e-Patient Dave DeBronkart Hot or Not? A Doctor & Patient Role Play the Archaic and the Modern Way to Engage presentation.



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