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- After more than 7 years, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in danger of being repealed or replaced; potentially affecting the entire healthcare community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