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


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

NEHIMSS has begun accepting nominations for prospective candidates to serve on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors for the following positions: 

  • President-Elect (1 yr. term)
  • Secretary (2 yr. term)
  • 2 Chapter Members At-Large (1 yr. term)

Please review this attachment  for the responsibilities and requirements of each elected board position. All candidates must be an active member of HIMSS for at least one year to be eligible to serve. If you are interested in running for one of the open positions, please submit:

  • Candidate biography/resume
  • One (1) paragraph detailing why you believe you are a good candidate to hold this position and the skills you bring to the board (200 words or less)
  • Current contact information
  • Photo to be included on the ballot
  • HIMSS membership number

If you would like to be considered for one of the elected board positions of the New England HIMSS chapter, simply reply to this email or send an email with the requirements above to by April 30th, 2021. All applications will be reviewed by the current Executive Board, who will select qualified candidates for each position to be included on the official ballot. Review the Nomination and Election process timeline.

All members of HIMSS in good standing are eligible to vote for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. The election will be conducted electronically using a third party system and voting will be open from May 10, 2021 to May 23, 2021.


Amy Chacko


New England Chapter of HIMSS



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!




New England HIMSS would like to congratulate Micky Tripathi on his appointment as President Biden’s new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). A longtime advocate for interoperability, we’ve had the pleasure of hearing Micky speak at several of our events in the past. His most recent speaking engagement with NEHIMSS was during our Annual Spring Conference in 2019 at Gillette Stadium.


Read more about his appointment and his previous work, here.


Extra Extra - Our Latest Newsletter is Now Available!

A message from Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Community Food Bank:

A message from Beverly Catchpole, Senior Director of Development, Connecticut Food Bank:


A message from Kate Steward, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Vermont Food Bank:

Good morning,

Sending greetings from a chilly Barre, Vermont to the entire HIMSS- New England Chapter. I wanted to take a moment and share our deep gratitude for your community and your generous donation. Your gift has helped the Vermont Foodbank to continue to be out there on the front lines during COVID-19, making sure that our neighbors who are losing work and pay can find some breathing room with food assistance. It has been truly inspiring to feel the outpouring of support from amazing groups like yours- your dedication to fighting hunger does not go unnoticed and it makes an incredible impact in the lives of our neighbors facing hunger. Your compassion and care for our neighbors is helping to build a Vermont where everyone has the food they need to thrive.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support.



A message from Robin McCarthy, Annual Giving Officer, Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine 

Please convey my thanks to your chapter members for including Good Shepard Food Bank in their holiday party fundraiser.

Your gift will help families in need access healthy meals this season.

With gratitude,

Robin McCarthy

Current Status of Telehealth in New England

Matt Fisher
Mirick O'Connell
HIMSS New England Advocacy Chair

The ability to deliver and be paid for healthcare services delivered through telehealth modalities was both inconsistent and uncertain prior to the beginning of the public health emergency (“PHE”) surrounding COVID-19.  The reality of coverage prior COVID-19 was that some of the states in New England required coverage, but others were silent.  The shutdowns of healthcare facilities and offices caused by the onset of CVOID-19 in March 2020 completely altered that landscape.  See how the Federal Government and how our New England States responded.



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!



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!


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



Check out past New England HIMSS Newsletters!


For past events click here

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