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NEHIMSS News and Announcements
Current Status of Telehealth in New England
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.
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.
- Monthly virtual educational events
- Monthly virtual evening networking events
- Monthly virtual sponsorship educational events
- All day virtual conferences
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.
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!
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 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 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 www.linkedin.com/in/reneebroadbent. 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!
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
Open Source Healthcare - Juhan Sonin
Information Across the Care Continuum - Micky Tripathi
Closing Remarks and Raffles - Jeff Loughlin
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:
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:
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 email@example.com 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.
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!
Applications are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2019
For specific questions regarding the program or the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 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
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.