Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS

President's Welcome

Welcome to the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS (LAHIMSS). On behalf of our board of directors, thank you for your interest in our chapter and for visiting our website. 

I would like to welcome all our new LA Chapter members and thank all of our members for being in our growing and active chapter. We just wrapped up one of our most active years ever in 2017 and I would like to thank Chad Cothern for his second time serving as our chapter President and providing the leadership for a year that saw our membership expand approximately 15%, continued collaboration with Mississippi and Alabama chapters for another successful GC3 Conference, our first Nursing Informatics Bootcamp program, and our second LAHIMSS Chapter Awards Dinner as we closed out the year.

As our 2018 year gets underway and I follow Chad with this being my second opportunity to serve as the LA Chapter HIMSS President, we will be focused on improving our execution of event planning, communications, and operations, increasing our attendance for chapter events, and increasing member participation in chapter working committees. The committees are a great way to dip your toe in the water, find out about chapter operations, and let you see firsthand what being involved entails.

The highlights of our first half of our fiscal 2017/18 year plan includes: Connect LA Day in October; GC3 Conference in November, and a Holiday Social in December. For additional information on specific events please visit our LA Chapter Website (LA HIMSS Chapter Site) often and watch for our newsletters and announcement notices.

A listing of our board members for 2018 can be seen here 2018 LA HIMSS Chapter Board and I encourage you to take a few minutes to read up on the broad range of health care sector experience and interests your chapter board represents. Several of our board members have not only been very active in our chapter but have also volunteered to work on and in some case serve in prominent roles on national HIMSS committees: Chad Cothern, Past President, serves as the chair of the national Nursing Informatics committee and Vice Chair for the Southern Region for the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable; Alan Thriffiley, Treasurer, is serving his second year on the national Chapter Task Force; Claudia Miller, Secretary, has been serving on the Clinical and Business Intelligence (C&BI) Population Health Task Force since 2014; Liz Hartley, President Elect, serves on the Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Committee (I&HIE); and Hank Fanberg, Advocacy Chair, serves on the Public Policy committee. Your chapter board is an awesome group of individuals to work with and if you have an interest in getting more involved in our chapter activities and perhaps serving on a future board please reach out to one of our board members about getting and being involved with one of our working committees: Programs, Communications, Membership, Sponsorship, Advocacy, or Program Development. You can also send us an email at louisiana.info@himsschapter.org indicating your committee interest and the respective chairs, as noted in our board member profiles, will be glad to reach out to you.

Thank you!

Errol Labat, MBA, CISA 
President, Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS