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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.


HIMSS New England Summer 2020 Newsletter is Here!




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




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!





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!



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

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 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


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




Sakshi Chhaperwal - Massachusetts
Northeastern University

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 fall edition of our newsletter is here!

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

Check out our Summer 2019 Edition Newsletter!

2019-2020 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!

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 UMassMemorial 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

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

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

Check out 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


Click here to read the Spring 2019 edition of our newsletter!

Call for Nominations 2019-2020 New England HIMSS Board


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

NEHIMSS has begun accepting nominations for prospective candidates to serve on the 2019-2020 Board of Directors for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary

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

  • One (1) paragraph detailing why you believe you are a good candidate to hold this position and the skills you bring to the board

  • 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 New England HIMSS chapter, please send an email to by April 30th, 2019. 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 2019-2020 Board of Directors. The election will be conducted electronically using a third party, voting open from May 10, 2019 to June 10, 2019.


Tim Wong

New England Chapter of HIMSS




The New England Chapter of HIMSS (NEHIMSS) Dvora Brodie Grant-Backed Internship Stipend Program assists student members of the New England chapter who are gaining real world experience in healthcare information technology through an unpaid internship opportunity. Established and funded by the New England Chapter in 2005, this scholarship is in honor of Dvora Brodie, a dedicated HIMSS member and HIT professional who died of ovarian cancer in 2003.


Awarded recipients are provided a grant in the amount of $1,250 to help offset some of the costs which can commonly pose a barrier to participation in an unpaid internship opportunity. There are two grants available for 2019.


NEHIMSS is now accepting applications for 2019 award recipients!

Click here to download the application


Applications are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2019


For specific questions regarding the program or the application, please email

On behalf of Tim Wong, President-Elect, and the chapter board of directors, we are pleased to announce the elected officers for the 2018-19 chapter year



Jeffrey Loughlin
Currently serves as Co-Chair of the HIE Committee

Jeff Loughlin is a Principal Consultant with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) and currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO), working with providers, practice leaders, medical and administrative staffs to ensure successful adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and the implementation of the statewide health information exchange (HIE). Jeff has worked with the Collaborative for over 12 years, providing a variety of consulting services to practice, and community based electronic health record (EHR) and HIE initiatives. Prior to joining MAeHC, Jeff served as an information technology (IT) consultant at Boston Medical Center providing EHR implementation and training services for the outpatient medical departments. Before moving to the IT team, Jeff spent several years as a Practice Manager in a variety of outpatient settings at Boston Medical Center, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and Boston City Hospital. Jeff is a US Army veteran with 30 years of military service, and is currently serving as the Commander, Massachusetts Army National Guard Medical Command as a Medical Service Corps Colonel. Jeff holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College in Boston, and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.







Monique Czulewicz
Currently serves on the Programs Committee

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 Profressional 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.








Patricia (Pat) Rioux
Currently serves as the chapter Secretary and Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee

Pat Rioux has worked with in healthcare information management/technology for 30+ years, having earned an RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) from AHIMA and a degree in Health Information Management from MassBay CC. She has served as Chair and Co-Chair of the New England HIMSS chapter's Sponsorship Committee and as Secretary for Chapter Year 2017-18and promotes HIT and the local chapter events through social media.Currently working as an advisor to InterOp RX,her background includes providing a variety of consulting servicesover the years for providers, healthcare organizations, and healthcare research institutions. Professional experience includes Product & Project Management for Elsevier Clinical Solutions, Alere Analytics, eClinicalWorks, and Abt Associates, and Founder of Mediclaim Associates.



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