HIMSS New England Committees

Take your professional development, networking and engagement to the next level by joining a HIMSS New England committee. Committees are focused on specific constituencies and key topics within health information and technology.

Committee members have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to public policy 
  • Network with other industry experts and career-minded professionals
  • Develop and deploy tools and resources for all levels of industry professionals
  • Participate in thought leadership development, serve as subject matter experts and speak at educational events

The New England HIMSS committees are:

Advocacy Committee

The New England HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Committee helps build grassroots support throughout each New England state. Grassroots outreach is an essential part of our advocacy network to establish strong, local advocacy networks that can be kept current as policy issues change.

We are seeking advocacy leader volunteers to join our Committee. You will work within your state and community in an effort to educate and build "friends" among opinion leaders and lawmakers in your state and districts.

As a member of the Committee you will lead and direct healthcare legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives for the chapter. These efforts are designed to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care through the application of information technology and management systems across the healthcare spectrum.

Chapter Advocates

  • Organize visits and other avenues of frequent communication with state and federal elected officials.
  • Speak to local media about key policy and advocacy issues.
  • Attend HIMSS-sponsored advocacy training and message development sessions.
  • Working with the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable and/committee members to create an advocacy action plan specific to your community.
  • Keeping members Chapter Board informed about campaign efforts.
  • Recruit Chapter volunteers and other community leaders to join the campaign.

HIMSS current Advocacy and Public Policy initiatives are designed to achieve:

  • Supporting Care Transformation
  • Expanding Access to High Quality Care
  • Increasing Economic Opportunity
  • Making Communities Healthier

CIO Council:

Clinical Informatics Council:

The Clinical Informatics Council is a newly established committee for New England HIMSS. This committee is comprised of both clinicians and IT professionals. We are looking to boost our membership of providers, nurses, and pharmacists. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Attendance of monthly committee meetings, along with chapter meetings
  • Bringing ideas for topics that are relevant to clinicians from an IT perspective
  • Bringing forth speakers for these topics to help educate our audience
  • Participating in the credits (CEU) process we work to attain from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PIM)
  • Being aware of deadlines between both locking in a speaker and receiving PIM approval
  • Campaign to colleagues for our events, including the CEU offering

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force:

Aligning with the mission of the HIMSS Global Health Equity Network to accelerate diversity and inclusion to improve healthcare access and delivery, create an inclusive workforce, decrease disparities in underrepresented groups and advocate for true health equity for all, New England HIMSS is establishing a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

Our goal is to bring forward to our members actionable programs, thought leadership, and networking opportunities through virtual and in-person events. Focusing on both the role DE&I plays in healthcare delivery but also on leveraging our differences in the way in which we work.

HIE Commitee:

Marketing and Communications:

The Marketing and Communications (MarCom) Committee is responsible for all internal and external communications for the chapter with regards to chapter events, chapter announcements and social media. This committee works closely with the other communities of this chapter to coordinate events and communication updates such as the Chapter Elections and the Chapter Member Survey. MarCom also maintains the chapter website and event registration for all chapter events. General duties include:

  • Weekly email communications via Constant Contact
  • Social Media promotions and member engagement reporting and analytics
  • Quarterly Newsletter coordination and publication

Membership 

The Membership committee's core mission is to respond to and assist members with any questions regarding their membership, direct them to the HIMSS website for profile changes and connect them with others who share similar interests. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Maintain relationships with Organization Affiliate and Academic Affiliate Member primary contacts. Check in with each organization annually to understand their unique interests, assist with any related questions they may have and encourage/expand communication to their employees about member enrollment, NEHIMSS events and overall HIMSS benefits.
  • Manage the new volunteer process by working with committees to vet interested parties who would like to join each committee. We validate their membership with HIMSS or will work with them to sign up or answer any questions that they may have.
  • Generate monthly chapter membership reports to the board, identify trends and target audiences for further communication. The membership committee will also work with our HIMSS national contacts to address any issues or discrepancies with member data.
  • Working in collaboration with the Executive Board of Directors and the Marketing and Communications Committee, the membership committee will review, modify and send out an annual member survey. The intent of the member survey is to identify key program themes, drum up volunteering interest and overall help to promote chapter engagement.

Mentorship

The New England HIMSS Mentorship Program is designed to facilitate conversation between NEHIMSS professionals and NEHIMSS members that wish to advance in their development and/or learn about different career paths available within the HIT spectrum. Responsibilities include:

  • Appropriately matching participants based upon their applications
  • Facilitating bi-monthly virtual meetings for the program
  • Organizing LinkedIn page for communication and information sharing

Programs

The Programs Committee is responsible for developing annual educational, professional development and networking opportunities for members and healthcare information professionals in the New England community. The focus of this committee is to provide a variety of event formats and session topics with speakers that are leaders in their respective healthcare fields. The committee volunteers are responsible for determining event topics, speakers, types of programs, logistics, and creating post-event surveys.

              · Own, manage and update the NEHIMSS Calendar of Events as needed

· Research and evaluate event locations

· Set up registration table & signage for in person events

· Identifying, vetting, and coordinating with speakers for in person events and webinars

Sponsorship

The Sponsorship Committee acts as a liaison between Sponsors, the Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Programs Committee and all other Committees. Our primary function is to align sponsors with opportunities to provide educational discussions on industry topics, support advocacy, host networking events, participate in the annual holiday party, and give back to our local HIT community. General duties include:

  • Attend monthly Chapter call to report Committee business
  • Attend monthly Committee call to discuss current and future programs, speaking opportunities, and sponsorship needs
  • Act as a Champions for all sponsors
  • Coordinate all Committee business/operations with Administrative Director

Student Activities

The Student Activities Committee oversees a variety of professional activities appealing to the student members of the New England Chapter. Past webinars have included: Make Progress + End 2020 Strong During Changing Times & Put Your Degree to Work: Career Paths in Health Informatics. We provide leadership and volunteer opportunities to compliment the classroom experience, including the Annual Student Poster Contest. In addition, the Student Activities Committee continues to promote good relations with students, faculty and staff within the HIT community. Please note that we are always accepting new members! Responsibilities include:

  • Annual webinars/programming
  • Annual NEHIMSS Conference Student Poster Contest
  • Academic Organizational Affiliate Outreach to current members
  • Maintaining/updating the Student Activities webpage