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2021 - 2022 Presidents Message
Welcome to HIMSS New England’s (NEHIMSS) chapter website. Our mission is simple: To foster professional growth, relationships, knowledge, and collaboration among healthcare information management professionals in the New England Region.
I am so very proud of this chapter and how we have pivoted in an unprecedented time to always drive towards our mission and keep our members, guests and sponsors engaged. The theme for last year was adapt and change and what we learned is change it good!
Last year’s change brought about some new thinking on how to engage and what types of programs would be beneficial to our community. Some of those highlights include: Hosting 2 virtual conferences, one in partnership with chapters from across the country. The introduction of a Data Governance Community of Practice which meet once a month for 6 months. A newly formed Clinical Informatics Council to bring forward events that offer CE’s to our provider community. Our largest mentorship program to date with 23 Mentees and 15 Mentors from across 10 states and 2 Countries. A very successful partnership between our Student Activities Committee, Programs Committee and Past Presidents Club to bring forward the After Dark Series of events. These are just to name a few.
While we greatly missed the in-person interactions, what we learned is we are resilient and that we can continue to engage, inform, and educate in a variety of settings. We took a hard look at what worked last year and what didn’t work. As we continue to monitor the ever-changing guidelines, and what is best for the health and safety of our members, sponsors, and volunteers we will continue to adapt. We will capitalize on our virtual successes from last year, offering a good blend of virtual webinars and conferences, while introducing in-person events back into the fold.
I want to whole heartedly thank our Sponsors, they stood by us last year and allowed us to bring forward the opportunities that we did. We depend on their generosity and participation to deliver on our mission. We look forward to continuing to work with them this year and providing them a variety of options to engage with you!
In addition to our sponsors, I want to thank our many volunteers. We are an all-volunteer organization and so many dedicate their time and expertise whether it be on a committee or speaking at an event. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future. – John F Kennedy
President, New England HIMSS
Roshani Patel Swathi Kalagatla
Announcing the 2020-2021 New England HIMSS Elected Officials
On behalf of Liza Cameron, President-Elect, and the chapter board of directors, I am pleased to announce the elected officers for the 2021-2022 chapter year.
President Elect - Katie Flynn
Currently serves as chair of the Programs Committee
Katie has 11 years of overall experience and 5 years of experience in the IT Healthcare staffing industry. She started off her career in London right out of college working for UBS Investment Bank in the COO Office supporting their Global Finance Department. After one year, she transferred to their New York City office and became a Business Manager supporting their Global Risk Control Department. Aftera few years, Katie made a move over to Barclays Investment Bank supporting their Global Compliance team with operational tasks within their Chief Operating Office. Katie is currently a Senior Account Executive at Queen Consulting.
Secretary - Renee Broadbent
Currently serves as Secretary
Renee is a senior-level executive with an extensive background in strategic planning and operational management. Twenty-five years of diverse experience in information technology, data security, population health and value-based care. For the past two years, She has proudly served as the secretary of the NEHIMSS Chapter. Renee currently is Vice President of Information Technology at SOHO Health.
Member-at-Large -CherylAnne Harvey
CAbbie is an information technology professional with healthcare industry experience in all aspects of the software product lifecycle to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care and increase ROI. She has been actively involved in HIMSS for the past 10 years and served on the NEHIMSS board previously(as co-chair of the Mar/Com committee 2017-2018). CAbbie is currently a project manager at Orion Health.
Member-at-Large - Paulo Farqui
Paulo is a dedicated and versatile healthcare management professional with 10-years’ experience in strategic planning, change leadership, project management, and information technology. He is a collaborative leader known for building long-term relationships with business and clinical operations. He is currently the Associate Principal of Digital Architecture and Technology at The Chartis Group in Boston.
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Announcing THE WINNERS of the New England HIMSS Annual Student Poster Competition!
Congratulations to Roshani Patel from Sacred Heart University (1st place - $1000 gift card), Marlie Frisco from Siena College (2nd place - $500 gift card) and Swathi Kalagatla from Sacred Heart University (3rd place - $250 gift card).
The New England Chapter of HIMSS 2021 Bylaws have been approved!
Interested in reading them, access them here: New England Standardized Chapter Bylaws
If you have any questions, send us an email!
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!
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.
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