President's Message

 

Welcome to the New England Chapter of HIMSS website,

My name is Tim Wong and I am humbled and honored to be the New England Chapter of HIMSS (NEHIMSS) President for the 2018-19 term. Our chapter is proud to have one of the largest regional membership bases (3,325 as of 6/30/18) made up of participants representing all six New England states.

The mission of NEHIMSS is to foster professional growth, relationships, knowledge, and collaboration among healthcare information management professionals across New England.

Our Board of Directors and Committee members have never been more committed towards developing educational programs, networking opportunities and provider/patient events to meet the ever-changing interests of our chapter members. NEHIMSS is a volunteer organization and I am proud to say that each one of our board members has committed themselves and their time to this great organization.

The healthcare industry continues to change at an unprecedented rate calling for much dialog, including:

  • The call for reduced regulatory burdens where Patients are embraced over Paperwork and Providers are given more flexibility with relaxed documentation requirements

  • Renaming the EHR Incentive Programs to Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs

  • Cybersecurity transitioning from a nouveau conversation to a critical necessity

  • Providers and Payers continually having to review their business models with considerations towards collaborations, mergers and acquisitions in order to remain competitive

  • Workforce implications and redefinition as market forces result in complex health care systems across states, consolidations and other business relationships

  • Continued action for Value-Based Care rather than Fee-for-Service

  • Disruptor technologies changing the status quo with the fusion of new approaches with respect to providing effective patient care

The NEHIMSS chapter strives to bring focus to these topics, and others, and establish discussions around what is important to you and our members. Our programs continue to be showcased at wonderful venues around the region drawing more participants each year.

We would not be able to plan these informative and valuable events if it were not for our sponsors’ generosity and participation. I want to thank them for their endorsement and continued support of the chapter and our members.

Volunteers are 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 the executive board for more information.

I look forward to sharing a conversation, seeing you at an event and learning from your ideas as to how the NEHIMSS chapter can support you in your dynamic and critical role of healthcare information systems.

Tim Wong

President

New England HIMSS

ne.president@himsschapter.org

 

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Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA