2021 - 2022 Presidents Message
Welcome to HIMSS New England’s (NEHIMSS) chapter website. Our mission is simple: To foster professional growth, relationships, knowledge, and collaboration among healthcare information management professionals in the New England Region.
I am so very proud of this chapter and how we have pivoted in an unprecedented time to always drive towards our mission and keep our members, guests and sponsors engaged. The theme for last year was adapt and change and what we learned is change it good!
Last year’s change brought about some new thinking on how to engage and what types of programs would be beneficial to our community. Some of those highlights include: Hosting 2 virtual conferences, one in partnership with chapters from across the country. The introduction of a Data Governance Community of Practice which meet once a month for 6 months. A newly formed Clinical Informatics Council to bring forward events that offer CE’s to our provider community. Our largest mentorship program to date with 23 Mentees and 15 Mentors from across 10 states and 2 Countries. A very successful partnership between our Student Activities Committee, Programs Committee and Past Presidents Club to bring forward the After Dark Series of events. These are just to name a few.
While we greatly missed the in-person interactions, what we learned is we are resilient and that we can continue to engage, inform, and educate in a variety of settings. We took a hard look at what worked last year and what didn’t work. As we continue to monitor the ever-changing guidelines, and what is best for the health and safety of our members, sponsors, and volunteers we will continue to adapt. We will capitalize on our virtual successes from last year, offering a good blend of virtual webinars and conferences, while introducing in-person events back into the fold.
I want to whole heartedly thank our Sponsors, they stood by us last year and allowed us to bring forward the opportunities that we did. We depend on their generosity and participation to deliver on our mission. We look forward to continuing to work with them this year and providing them a variety of options to engage with you!
In addition to our sponsors, I want to thank our many volunteers. We are an all-volunteer organization and so many dedicate their time and expertise whether it be on a committee or speaking at an event. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future. – John F Kennedy
President, New England HIMSS