Prioritizing Healthcare Information Technology for an Unpredictable Tomorrow – From the East, South, West and everything in between!

November 12, 10:30am, EST - 5:30pm, EST



Event Location: This will be an interactive live event with a conference like atmosphere.  Information on how to connect to the conference will be sent out to attendees 3 days prior to the event.

Ticket Type


New England HIMSS Member

$                25.00

Other Chapter HIMSS Member

$                35.00

Non-Himss Member

$                50.00

Student Member

$                   5.00


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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. Prepare for a conference atmosphere that you can explore, complete with an auditorium, breakout sessions, keynotes, exhibit hall, challenges/games, and subject matter experts covering an array of topics related to emergency preparedness in healthcare. We invite you to experience this digital tradeshow with other HIMSS members from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast to the West Coast. And the best part is you can join the experience without leaving your home or office!

Exciting features you can expect from Prioritizing Healthcare Information Technology for an Unpredictable Tomorrow – From The East, South, West and everything in between:

• A variety of breakout sessions with live speaker Q&A

• Virtual Exhibit Hall with online HIMSS public, sponsor and leader chat capabilities

• Downloadable resources and swag

• Challenges and games to receive interaction points posted on a public leader board for prizes

• Virtual scavenger hunt for prizes

• Pre-conference networking reception

Join us to learn more from subject matter experts covering all the latest in health IT at a time of enormous transformation. Let us help you be socially connected while remaining physically distanced.  Our agenda will be live soon so be sure to check for more details!




Speaker Line Up and Agenda*












Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond
Executive Director, Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program

Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond is the Executive Director for the Home Base Program, which is a partnership between the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Red Sox. Home Base has provided mental & brain health care and support for more than 20,000 Veterans and military families over the past decade and established the nation’s first private sector center of excellence for the invisible wounds of war.

General Hammond has advised President Obama’s Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization & delivered remarks at the White House Veterans and Military Family Mental Health Conference. Hammond has advised President George W. Bush’s Warrior Wellness Alliance, Secretary Bob McDonald’s My VA Advisory Committee, Governor Mitt Romney’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, and Governor Charlie Baker’s Healthcare Transition Team & Veteran Advisory Council. A proven combat leader General Hammond simultaneously commanded two separate Battalions in Iraq, and as a General officer, he effectively led a multi-national NATO Task Force in Afghanistan. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals one for combat service, the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritoriously Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medal one for Valor, two Valorous Unit Awards, the Combat Action Badge, the French Medal of National Defense, and the Bulgarian Medal of Mission Support.

General Hammond holds Degree’s from the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and has completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University.

Dr. Giles Boland
Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization

Dr. Giles Boland is President of the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization. He is a radiologist by training and is also the Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and the Chair of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Boland received his medical degree at the London Hospital Medical College, London University, and completed his residency at Guy’s Hospital, London. In 1992 he began his fellowship in Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and joined the faculty in 1994 before moving to BWH as Chair of Radiology in 2016and President of the BWPO from 2020.His interests focus is on the delivery of cost-effective patient outcomes, which drives his interests to include practice and workflow re-design and management, quality and safety, leadership, information technology (especially those that improve outcomes), the patient experience, patient and employee wellness and development of new markets and system integration.  He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on these topics and has conducted over 200 national and international presentations on these issues. He is the past president of the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse Emerita
Massachusetts General Hospital

Jeanette Ives Erickson is chief nurse emerita at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Ives Erickson earned her diploma in nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN from Westbrook College, her MS from Boston University, and her doctorate of executive nursing practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a past Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow where her research was the role of the Chief Nurse in integrated health care systems.While fostering nursing research within an interdisciplinary, professional practice model, Dr. Ives Erickson has developed new measures to evaluate innovations that influence professional nursing practice. Along with colleagues she has developed The Professional Practice Environment scale that is used to evaluate nurses’ and other clinicians’ perceptions and satisfaction with the professional practice environment in which they work. This instrument is being used by more than 100 healthcare institutions, in fifteen countries, and has been translated into multiple languages including Mandarin, Finnish, Turkish and Spanish. She has published three books to advance nursing practice, research and the importance of a narrative culture. In addition, as part of the MGH celebration of its 200thanniversary, she and colleagues published the History of MGH Nursing. All four books have won awards.  Dr. Ives Erickson is the chairperson of the Commission on Magnet Recognition. She is the inaugural incumbent of the Paul M Erickson Endowed Chair in Nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ives Erickson serves as chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the MGH Institute of Health Professions, co-chair of the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, and a member of the Clinical Center Research Hospital Board at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 2008, she has been the lead nurse consultant for the strategic collaboration in the creation of Jiahui International Hospital (JIH) in China’s Shanghai Province.  Ives Erickson served as interim president and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital from September –December 2019and chair of Chief Nurse Council, Partners Healthcare System from 1999 –2109. She was also co-medical and operations director at Boston Hope Medical Center/Field Hospital for COVID-19 patients from April –July 2019.

Michael Allard
Chief Operating Officer
Home Base, and Massachusetts General Hospital Program 

Michael D. Allard is the Chief Operating Officer for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. As one of the founding members of the organization, Michael’s expertise, vision, and drive has helped Home Base grow from a small regional outpatient clinic to a National Center of Excellence dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research. Michael’s enduring gratitude for the sacrifices made by our nation’s service members –including those of his family, past and present –will always be the spirit behind his work.  Through partnership development with corporations and nonprofits, Michael has positioned Home Base to be an international leader in military mental health care, establishing notable distinctions and partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior Care Network and President George W. Bush’s Warrior Wellness Alliance. In 2017, Home Base was named the U.S. charitable partner to The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s Heads Together Campaign.  The son of a minister and a nurse, Michael’s commitment to helping underserved populations was instilled in him at a young age. His work has impacted thousands of veterans and families, and homeless and patient communities achieve a better, healthy and productive life.  Before joining Home Base, Michael served as Senior Director of Development for Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief of Staff for Partners HealthCare Development, Chief of Operations and Government Liaison for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), legislative aide to State Senator David Magnani and reengineering coordinator for Prudential Insurance.  Michael graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts with his wife and four children.
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