New England Chapter of HIMSS


Welcome to the New England HIMSS Chapter Website!

The New England HIMSS Chapter works hard to bring education, collaboration and networking opportunities to our members all over the six-state region. Keeping up in the ever-changing, fast paced world of Healthcare IT can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned professionals.

Our mission is to not only keep up with the changes that impact quality, safety and efficiency but to be a leader so please join us and participate in the events planned for our chapter year:
Calendar of Events

Scroll down to see all the latest news.  Be sure to check out our Newsletters and our President’s Message.

All of this work would not be possible without the dedication of our Board of Directors and our many committee members/volunteers and Sponsors.

Interested in become a member of NEHIMSS or HIMSS National? How about being a volunteer at a national level? Clicking one of the two links below to access the HIMSS National Website to register.


New England HIMSS Latest News and Announcements


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Roshani Patel                                Swathi Kalagatla


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Announcing the 2020-2021 New England HIMSS Elected Officials


On behalf of Liza Cameron, President-Elect, and the chapter board of directors, I am pleased to announce the elected officers for the 2021-2022 chapter year.

President Elect - Katie Flynn

Currently serves as chair of the Programs Committee

Katie has 11 years of overall experience and 5 years of experience in the IT Healthcare staffing industry. She started off her career in London right out of college working for UBS Investment Bank in the COO Office supporting their Global Finance Department. After one year, she transferred to their New York City office and became a Business Manager supporting their Global Risk Control Department. Aftera few years, Katie made a move over to Barclays Investment Bank supporting their Global Compliance team with operational tasks within their Chief Operating Office. Katie is currently a Senior Account Executive at Queen Consulting.

Secretary - Renee Broadbent

Currently serves as Secretary

Renee is a senior-level executive with an extensive background in strategic planning and operational management. Twenty-five years of diverse experience in information technology, data security, population health and value-based care. For the past two years, She has proudly served as the secretary of the NEHIMSS Chapter.  Renee currently is Vice President of Information Technology at SOHO Health.

Member-at-Large -CherylAnne Harvey

CAbbie is an information technology professional with healthcare industry experience in all aspects of the software product lifecycle to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care and increase ROI. She has been actively involved in HIMSS for the past 10 years and served on the NEHIMSS board previously(as co-chair of the Mar/Com committee 2017-2018). CAbbie is currently a project manager at Orion Health.

Member-at-Large - Paulo Farqui

Paulo is a dedicated and versatile healthcare management professional with 10-years’ experience in strategic planning, change leadership, project management, and information technology. He is a collaborative leader known for building long-term relationships with business and clinical operations. He is currently the Associate Principal of Digital Architecture and Technology at The Chartis Group in Boston.



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Announcing THE WINNERS of the New England HIMSS Annual Student Poster Competition!

Congratulations to Roshani Patel from Sacred Heart University (1st place - $1000 gift card), Marlie Frisco from Siena College (2nd place - $500 gift card) and Swathi Kalagatla from Sacred Heart University (3rd place - $250 gift card).

By working together, the Student Activities Committee is more robust than ever. The contest provided students a voice and the opportunity to showcase their research to the Past Presidents Club. Thank you to all that applied, and for pushing yourself and your fellow students to think big! 



1St place: Roshani Patel from Sacred Heart University.

Poster Title: The Role of Telehealth in Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in A Rural Area


I completed a BS in Dental surgery from India. I had knowledge and experience in Electronic Medical Records and improving the collection, access, and utilization of clinical data to give proper treatment. I worked for the analysis, design, development, implementation, and management of clinical applications. After coming to the USA, I did my MS in Healthcare Informatics from the Sacred Heart University. I am a recent graduate student and want to work in Clinical data management. The main goal of the career is to find a way to improve healthcare facilities while reducing costs with the help of advanced technology.


2nd place: Marlie Frisco from Siena College.

Poster title: Exploring the Digital Divide: Factors Related to the Use of Patient Portals


I am a senior Health Studies/Health Science Major with a Minor in Biology and a Certificate in Community Development at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. I have spent my time at Siena as a Bonner Service Leader and a Peer Health Educator/Wellness Leader. As a Bonner, I volunteer at Whitney Young Health Center where I inform patients about the patient portal and ideally enroll them in it, providing the foundation for my research. I will be pursuing a Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing following the completion of my bachelor's degree.


3rd place – Swathi Kalagatla from Sacred Heart University

Poster title: The Role of Telehealth in the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis


Dr. Swathi Kalagatla worked as a consultant Pedodontist and clinic head for clove dental clinic in India for three years after receiving her master's degree in pedodontics dentistry. During my clinic practice, I realized that I lacked IT experience. Then I decided to pursue a career in healthcare informatics. I joined Sacred Heart University's Healthcare Informatics program. After graduation, I want to work as a clinical data analyst in the health IT industry. I want to explore myself in the field of the healthcare industry.





The New England Chapter of HIMSS 2021 Bylaws have been approved! 

Interested in reading them, access them here: New England Standardized Chapter Bylaws


If you have any questions, send us an email!






2020 - 2021 Presidents Message




Welcome to the NEHIMSS Chapter website, a valuable resource to connect and network with thought leaders, advisors, and colleagues working every day to support the transformation of health through information and technology. Whether you produce, use, store, move, or analyze information, or if you work with the technologies that support these activities, we have a wealth of resources and events throughout the year to support you.

This coming year brings a challenge none of us have faced in our lifetime: a global pandemic. Along with having to care for our loved ones and those around us, we have also found ourselves in uncharted waters. Questions many of us have asked include, but are not limited to: How will this impact my job? Will I continue to have a job? How will this impact my family? What work is the industry doing to help improve this situation?

We at NEHIMSS are feeling those same emotions, and we want to continue to keep our members and non-members engaged, educated, and informed of interests and topics that are going to continue being relevant at this time. Given the current climate, we must re-double our efforts towards our networking and educational programs. We want to be there for you and help shape the answers to many of your questions.

This time around we will be hosting a significant number of our events virtually. Newly designed programs will include:

  • Monthly virtual educational events
  • Monthly virtual evening networking events
  • Monthly virtual sponsorship educational events
  • All day virtual conferences

I am excited about what we have in store this year. Each one of our committees will be engaged throughout the year and will not be limited to just a one-time event. This will bring a little more of the spotlight to each team, which we have never been able to do before. The virtual platform now allows for that. I encourage all of you to keep an eye out on our website and emails for events and programs that will keep you abreast of the current hot topics surrounding COVID-19, including its impact on cybersecurity, HIE, public policy, and workforce development. We will have some amazing health leaders and influencers sharing their experiences with all of you on these and many other areas of interest.

Now more than ever we need to recognize and acknowledge our Sponsors. I cannot begin to emphasize how much we depend on their generosity and participation to bring these planned events. We are committed to supporting them as well by bringing several opportunities for them so that they too will have the chance to interact with many of you. I want to thank them for their endorsement and continued support of the chapter and our members.

Some things haven't changed, and volunteers continue to be at 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 our Board of Directors for more information.

While we may not be able to see each other face-to-face in the immediate future, COVID-19 has opened many new opportunities for us that will have a lasting footprint for our Chapter in years to come. I am looking forward to the challenge it brings and hope that all of you will continue to support us through this endeavor. Remember we are in this TOGETHER!


Amy Chacko

President, New England HIMSS









While we could not celebrate our accomplishments together in person this year, we did so virtually today, as HIMSS presented New England HIMSS with the recognition of Large Chapter of the Year! Watch here!


New England HIMSS is very proud to be named the recipient of Large Chapter of the Year!

The Chapter of the Year Award is designed to recognize chapters who have strongly impacted their geographical region in a meaningful way through health information and technology centered events, education, initiatives, collaboration and advocacy. The Chapters of the Year offer outstanding value to members; engage the full membership, making all feel welcomed; and have seamless processes for board management and succession planning.


In FY19, the New England Chapter hosted 12 events spanning across the chapter’s territory. Events were planned through utilizing data, such as member location and topical surveys, to best meet members’ needs. The chapter actively seeks new members and volunteers through outreach and invitations to participate at events. The chapter board implemented a new process to engage members and attendees to ensure they are welcome at events. The process was a huge success that created a welcoming environment and led to volunteer growth for the chapter.


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