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 Latest News and Announcements


For past news please go to our News & Publications page

Massachusetts Medical Society Medical Student and Resident $5000 Award Program

Each year the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Information Technology recognizes both a medical student and a member of the hospital house staff or training program for the creation of information technology solutions for medicine. 

See flyer for more information!



Call for Proposals:

You bring the expertise. We’ll bring the audience.

You podium awaits! Apply to share your success stories, biggest challenges and expert insights with health information and technology colleagues at HIMSS21.

HIMSS21 will host exceptional education across 17 topic categories. Proposals are peer reviewed, scored and selected by volunteer HIMSS members within their areas of expertise.

Speakers are more than just subject matter experts—they’re individuals like you who are passionate about transforming health to shape a brighter future. Share your insights by applying today.

Contact Deb Clough, Manager, Global Health Conference education.



Our Summer Newsletter is Here!


Join the New England, Alabama, Mississippi, and Southern California Chapters of HIMSS as we transport you to a highly interactive, virtual environment for in-depth learning and networking opportunities at our virtual conference.

Learn more and register on our events page



2020 - 2021 Presidents Message




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 resources and events throughout the year to support you.

This coming year brings a challenge none of us have faced in our lifetime: a global pandemic. Along with having to care for our loved ones and those around us, we have also found ourselves in uncharted waters. Questions many of us have asked include, but are not limited to: How will this impact my job? Will I continue to have a job? How will this impact my family? What work is the industry doing to help improve this situation?

We at NEHIMSS are feeling those same emotions, and we want to continue to keep our members and non-members engaged, educated, and informed of interests and topics that are going to continue being relevant at this time. Given the current climate, we must re-double our efforts towards our networking and educational programs. We want to be there for you and help shape the answers to many of your questions.

This time around we will be hosting a significant number of our events virtually. Newly designed programs will include:

  • Monthly virtual educational events
  • Monthly virtual evening networking events
  • Monthly virtual sponsorship educational events
  • All day virtual conferences

I am excited about what we have in store this year. Each one of our committees will be engaged throughout the year and will not be limited to just a one-time event. This will bring a little more of the spotlight to each team, which we have never been able to do before. The virtual platform now allows for that. I encourage all of you to keep an eye out on our website and emails for events and programs that will keep you abreast of the current hot topics surrounding COVID-19, including its impact on cybersecurity, HIE, public policy, and workforce development. We will have some amazing health leaders and influencers sharing their experiences with all of you on these and many other areas of interest.

Now more than ever we need to recognize and acknowledge our Sponsors. I cannot begin to emphasize how much we depend on their generosity and participation to bring these planned events. We are committed to supporting them as well by bringing several opportunities for them so that they too will have the chance to interact with many of you. I want to thank them for their endorsement and continued support of the chapter and our members.

Some things haven't changed, and volunteers continue to be at 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.

While we may not be able to see each other face-to-face in the immediate future, COVID-19 has opened many new opportunities for us that will have a lasting footprint for our Chapter in years to come. I am looking forward to the challenge it brings and hope that all of you will continue to support us through this endeavor. Remember we are in this TOGETHER!


Amy Chacko

President, New England HIMSS




New England HIMSS Achieves Ambassador level of Chapter Advocacy for 2019-2020.!



On behalf of the HIMSS Government Relations Team, congratulations on reaching the Ambassador level of Chapter Advocacy for 2019-2020. We recognize and appreciate your dedication to transforming health through information and technology at the state and local levels and for engaging in the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable!

Cancelation of Annual Conference at Gillette


NEHIMSS Lleadership has decided to postpone the upcoming NEHIMSS conference held at Gillette scheduled for September 30, 2020 due to the uncertainty in the current healthcare crisis. Because of the unpredictability of the situation with COVID-19 at this time, it is impossible to predict what will happen in the fall. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this very unique situation. We will keep you informed of any new developments which impact you. The safety and security of our members, speakers, partners and exhibitors is of utmost importance to us, please adhere to all the state and federal guidelines. Refunds will be distributed over the next two weeks to our attendees.


Here is a link to frequently asked questions and resources for the state of Massachusetts Take care of yourself. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus, please reach out to your local community health provider for assistance.





Announcing the 2020-2021 New England HIMSS Elected Officials


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

On behalf of Amy Chacko, President-Elect, and the chapter board of directors, I am pleased to announce the elected officers for the 2020-2021 chapter year.


Liza Cameron
Currently serves as Co- Chair of the Marketing and Communications

Liza Cameron, MHI is an experienced professional with over 28 years in the healthcare industry. Beginning her career early on in a hospital-based laboratory and transferring that knowledge and experience over to healthcare information technology, over 21 years ago. Liza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Informatics from Northeastern University. Liza possesses a well-rounded area of expertise and is well versed in many revenue cycle management and clinical applications and processes, along with extensive experience in HL7 application integration. She is a proven project manager and leader for large scale enterprise wide initiatives. Liza is currently working as an Epic Implementation Manager for Partners Healthcare and is an active board member of New England HIMSS.




Dr. Joe Heyman, MD
Currently serves on the HIE Committee

Joe Heyman, MD, an OBGYN, a HIMSS 13-year member, served as finance chair and treasurer of both the American Medical Association (AMA) and Joint Commission International (JCI). During his 41 years in his private practice, Dr. Heyman was the first physician in the Merrimack Valley to use electronic billing, first to use an electronic health record, and first to e-prescribe. He also brought Wellport, a physician-owned functioning Health Information Exchange, to his community and ran it for five years and as a result won a large MEHI grant.

  1. addition to his AMA and JCI finance experience, Dr. Heyman currently serves as Advisor to the Committee on Finance of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS).

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

Warm Regards,

Jeff Loughlin
New England Chapter of HIMSS




While we could not celebrate our accomplishments together in person this year, we did so virtually today, as HIMSS presented New England HIMSS with the recognition of Large Chapter of the Year! Watch here!





Did you know May 6th is National Nurses Day and The World Health Organization declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale?

Join New England HIMSS today, May 6th,  in thanking all the nurses out there! And Join HIMSS on Tuesday May 12th, 2020 for their upcoming Webinar: Florence Nightingale: Nurse, Reformer, Statistician




The Latest Edition of our Newsletter is Here   

The Winter Edition of our Newsletter is here!



New England HIMSS would like to congratulate Michael Kanarellis, past NEHIMSS Treasurer, of Wolf & Company, on his appointment to the 2020 HITRUST CSF® Assessor Council—a body that contributes input and expertise from across the industry to ensure and evolve the HITRUST framework’s integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency. Read the full press release here.



New England HIMSS would like to thank everyone who completed our membership survey.  We had a great response which provided us very valuable feedback and will help us shape better events in the future and server our members. 


Congratulations to the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card Carole Sage!




New England HIMSS is very proud to be named the recipient of Large Chapter of the Year!

The Chapter of the Year Award is designed to recognize chapters who have strongly impacted their geographical region in a meaningful way through health information and technology centered events, education, initiatives, collaboration and advocacy. The Chapters of the Year offer outstanding value to members; engage the full membership, making all feel welcomed; and have seamless processes for board management and succession planning.


In FY19, the New England Chapter hosted 12 events spanning across the chapter’s territory. Events were planned through utilizing data, such as member location and topical surveys, to best meet members’ needs. The chapter actively seeks new members and volunteers through outreach and invitations to participate at events. The chapter board implemented a new process to engage members and attendees to ensure they are welcome at events. The process was a huge success that created a welcoming environment and led to volunteer growth for the chapter.


Click here to see all HIMSS Global Conference Award Recipients



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!




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.



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