President's Message

Matt Bornstein
President, New England HIMSS Chapter

Welcome to the New England Chapter of HIMSS website,

My name is Matt Bornstein and I am excited to be the New England Chapter President for the 2017-18 term.  I look forward to working and meeting with many of you throughout the year.

Our Board of Directors and Committees are working on a number of initiatives, new ones and expanding others, to meet the ever-changing interests of our chapter members in the New England region. As you know, this is a volunteer organization, but 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: 

  • After more than 7 years, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in danger of being repealed or replaced; potentially affecting the entire healthcare community
  • Quality of care continues to be challenged by Value of care requirements
  • Declining reimbursement and cost containment is resulting in more mergers, closings, and inevitable layoffs
  • Implementing new technology including analytics continues to increase operating costs causing organizations to deal with competing priorities
  • Cybersecurity threats to healthcare organizations have increased, becoming more sophisticated; and finding vulnerabilities in unlikely places

Of all HIMSS chapters, the New England Chapter (NEHIMSS) encompasses by far the most states in a single regional chapter. NEHIMSS is among a few chapters with more than 3,000 members (as of 9/1/17, we have 3,207) spread out over a very large geographical area. This brings a set challenges that I believe our Board continues to be well suited to address head on.

A primary goal for the Board this year is to hold at least one event in each New England state.  Here are a few others:

  • Increase collaboration with other healthcare-related organizations (MaHIMA, MA ACHE, NENIC, VITL, HFMA, others)
  • Increase collaboration with NY and NJ HIMSS chapters
  • Build a volunteer program that will support our committee’s activities and meet the goals set by each committee chair
  • Increase Organizational Affiliate chapter involvement and membership
  • Expand the Mentorship program to include students; leverage the Past Presidents ‘Club’ for assistance/participation

Over the next few months, I will be working with our Board to put together a membership survey to solicit your valuable feedback to be used in developing dynamic educational and social programs. This allows us to ensure that we incorporate your needs and interests and continue to identify additional ways to add value to your chapter membership

I would be remiss in not mentioning our sponsors. We would not be able to plan and host such great events if it were not for our sponsors’ generosity and participation throughout the year.  I want to thank them for all that they do for the chapter and our members. 

Volunteers are the back-bone of our organization.  If you interested in learning more about volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any one of the executive board members for more information.

I look forward to meeting you, hearing about the challenges that you and your organization face and how NEHIMSS can help you.

Matt Bornstein
New England HIMSS