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President's Message

Elizabeth Hartley-Sommers, BSN-RN, MS

Thank you for joining the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS for another year and reading our newsletter. We have an exciting year planned and I am lucky enough to give you a preview. Louisiana HIMSS had a banner year in fiscal year 2018. We were multi award winning, hosted GC3 in New Orleans, awarded our first scholarship and branched out to form partnerships with other healthcare related professional organizations in Louisiana. That is a tough act to follow, but the 2019 fiscal year board of directors is up to the task. 

In fiscal year 2019, we plan to continue the tradition of excellence that has been building for several years. The board of directors for LaHIMSS has developed a strategic plan that creates value for our members. We are planning both educational and social events throughout the year to provide our members with needed education hours as well as networking opportunities. We also plan to strengthen the bond with the health entities in our states through increased personal communication and organizational affiliation. Professional development will prosper through increased contact with universities and continuing to offer the LaHIMSS scholarship. The Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS will also send out a survey asking you what you value most about LaHIMSS and what we can do to improve our services as a professional organization. To make all of these great things happen, we will be asking for volunteers for all of our committees. It is through the hard work of our volunteers that our chapter has grown so successful and we would like to continue this tradition by fostering new volunteers and board members. 

The schedule of events is packed with value in fiscal year 2019. Connect Louisiana will take place Tuesday October 9th 2018 at the old state capitol on North St. in Baton Rouge. This event celebrates National Health IT week by bringing together industry leaders from all over the state for education and networking. GC3 will be hosted in Mobile, Alabama this year with a preconference symposium featuring how health IT is improving care in rural parts of our states. These are just the first two events of the year. Stay tuned for more. I hope to see you at both events and volunteering on committees in between! 

Again, Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS is privileged to count you among our membership and hopes you find value in what we do. If you have any suggestions, feedback, tips or questions, please reach out to me at louisiana.info@himsschapter.org.


La HIMSS Achieves Presidential Status

In 2018, La HIMSS achieved the Presidential Level of Chapter Advocacy. 

Recognized and appreciated for dedication to transforming health through information and technology at the state and local levels and for engaging in the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable!

 

 

 

 

 


Meet the New La HIMSS Board!

2018-2019

President:
Elizabeth Hartley-Sommers BSN-RN, MS
Clinical Data Exchange Manager - EDM
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

President-Elect, Member At Large, Sponsorship Co-chair
Mark Schroeder

Project Coordinator and Software Developer
LSU Health Care Services Division's Center for Healthcare Effectiveness

Past President
Errol Labat, MBA, CISA

Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Audit Consulting,
BlueCross and BlueShield of Louisiana

Secretary
Jan Fuller, MBA, RHIA, CPHIMS, FAHIMA

Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University

Treasurer
Alan Thriffiley, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Project Manager, LSU Health Care Services Division's Center for Healthcare Effectiveness

Member At Large & Sponsorship Co-chair
Alan Abshire

Director of HIT Operations, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

Advocacy Chair
Hank Fanberg, MBA

Member of the Office of the CIO and Director, 
Technology Advocacy for CHRISTUS Health

Communications Chair
Bryan Taylor, MSN, FNP

Telehealth Operations Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Programs Chair
Paul Douglas, CISA, CCSFP

Associate Director in P&N's Consulting services division

Program Development Chair
Michelle Martin, MBA, RHIA, M.Ed., FAHIMA

Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University

Membership Chair
Jeff Rayder, PMP, CLSSGB

Director of the Epic Community Connect Program for FMOLHS

Read more about your LA HIMSS FY2018 board members HERE:


COMING UP! Event News

Connect Louisiana and HIT Week: October 9th, 2018 

Join us in Baton Rouge for the 3rd Annual Connect Louisiana Symposium will bring together interested stakeholders from multiple sectors and areas to discuss the use of Health IT to improve the health of the people of Louisiana. 

This event is FREE, but registration is required 

View the Agenda and Register HERE!

 

6th Annual 2018 GC3 Conference: November 14th – 16th, 2018 

The 6th annual GC3 conference is coming to Mobile, Alabama this year. Read about this exciting opportunity for education and networking with our neighbors in the Alabama and Mississippi Chapters.

Registration information; hotel accommodations; and conference agenda can be found at the following link: http://gc3conference.com/

View the Agenda and Register HERE!


Join HIMSS and CONNECT!

Louisiana Chapter and National HIMSS membership 

Become a HIMSS Member

If you are not already, we encourage you to become a HIMSS member. National HIMSS membership includes a chapter membership of your choice (of course we hope you choose Louisiana). National HIMSS membership provides access to a network of resources, education, industry knowledge and cutting edge innovation. Louisiana HIMSS Chapter membership provides member level pricing for events, the ability to participate in committees and access to a network of local health IT resources. If you would like to join or renew your membership, please click here. Chapter membership is only $39!

Sign up to be a Louisiana HIMSS Chapter member: https://www.himss.org/membership/chapter 
OR
Sign up for National Membership and get your Louisiana Chapter membership for FREE: https://www.himss.org/membership


Sponsors of La HIMSS

Thank you to our 2017/2018 annual Sponsors!

Thank you to P&N and Spectrum Enterprises for being invaluable champions for Health IT in Louisiana!

For more information on sponsorship please visit the sponsorship page on our website.

President's Message

Errol Labat, LAHIMSS Chapter President

Welcome to the 2018 Spring Newsletter as the 2018 works toward wrapping up the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS (LA HIMSS) 2018 fiscal year! 2018 could be called the amazing Year of Recognition! On behalf of our LA HIMSS board, I would like to wish all of our chapter members, sponsors, and friends a great summer and an opportunity to take some time off and enjoy a break from the "busyness" of work to relax and spend time doing what you enjoy most!

LA HIMSS was well represented at HIMSS 2018 as we all shared the national recognition for our Chapter and board leadership that was announced in our prior newsletter. That has been followed up by our 2019 board and officer nominations and election. We are pleased to have some new faces in key board roles as well as some familiar faces in new roles for 2019. The board officers for 2019 will be: President, Liz Hartley; Treasurer, Alan Thriffiley; Secretary, Jan Fuller; President Elect, Mark Schroeder; At Large Members, Chad Cothern and Allen Abshire (Sponsorship), and me as Past President. The remaining 2019 board members include: Claudia Miller, Michelle Martin (Professional Development), Nadine Robin, Hank Fanberg (Advocacy), Paul Douglas (Programs), and Bryan Taylor (Communications). We all look forward to continuing to serve the LA Health Information Technology (HIT) community with our programs.

Having been involved in the LA Chapter for nearly 18 years I have had the opportunity to meet and in some cases work with many remarkable people that share an interest in promoting and driving up the use of Information Technology in LA’s Healthcare organizations. Thank you to all the many volunteers that have served and continue to serve in some capacity for the LA Chapter during that span of time. To sustain our chapter and be successful in that endeavor we need additional engagement, new participants, and new ideas from our members. As we prepare to close out our 2018 fiscal year in June I would like to challenge our membership for just 10 of our 380+ members to reach out to one of our current 2018 or upcoming 2019 board members and volunteer approximately two hours of your time a month to get involved with one of our working committees. Maybe it is you that is ready to accept the challenge and join the LA Chapter’s drive to make a difference for the healthcare industry and our state! If enough individuals are willing to contribute a little time, no one should have to contribute a lot of time!

On behalf of the chapter board, thank you for considering and taking action by responding to the challenge! Hope you and your family have a nice Memorial Day weekend and remember to take a minute to thank those who have served or are serving in our military and remember the families of those who have given their lives serving our country!


HIMSS18 Recap

The Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS had an excellent HIMSS18. The chapter was awarded Small Chapter of the Year. On top of that two LaHIMSS board members also won individual awards. Chad Cothern, RN, Past President, won Chapter Leader of the Year and Hank Fanburg, Advocacy Chair, won Chapter Advocate of the Year. Many members of the chapter were able to attend HIMSS18 and celebrate these accomplishments.

HIMSS18 provided the opportunity to network with other chapters. Louisiana HIMSS participated in the communities carnival and chapter leader meetings which provided the opportunity to learn and grow as a chapter. The knowledge brought back from HIMSS18 will help guide the 2019 Louisiana HIMSS board to continue the tradition of excellence that gains LaHIMSS national recognition.


Lousiana Chapter of HIMSS Scholarship Winner

Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS provides assistance to students in the fields of health information technology through the LaHIMSS Chapter Scholarship. The 2018 Scholarship recipient is Suranut Newton. Suranut Newton is currently a student at Louisiana Tech University in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She previously received her associate's degree in medical office administration from Louisiana Delta Community College in Ruston where she graduated as class valedictorian. Suranut worked briefly as a Cerner Go-Live Consultant at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in Monroe, LA, assisting with their conversion to a new electronic medical record system. She is currently employed at Super 1 Foods in Ruston while she pursues her educational goals. Suranut is the mother of two children and plans to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in the summer of 2019. She enjoys working with people and hopes to work in the future improving the quality of care of others.


LaHIMSS and PMI Crawfish Boil

The Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS joined forces with the Baton Rouge and Greater New Orleans chapters of the Project Management Institute for a social crawfish boil on May 15th 2018. The event was held at Walk-Ons in Baton Rouge. Over 50 people attended the event and participated in networking, thought leadership and of course, eating almost 200 pounds of crawfish. The partnership with PMI was fruitful and LaHIMSS is looking forward to more collaborative events in the 2018/2019 year. 


2018 Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS Awards Dinner

On June 28th 2018, Louisiana HIMSS is hosting the 3rd annual LaHIMSS awards ceremony at White Oak Plantation from 6 to 9pm. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • LaHIMSS Champion of the Year - awarded to a company or organization that has been a champion and supporter of the Louisiana HIMSS chapter
  • LaHIMSS Public Servant of the Year – awarded to the government employee or elected official who has made significant contributions to furthering health IT in Louisiana 
  • LaHIMSS Clinician of the Year - awarded to a clinician who is a member of the Louisiana chapter of HIMSS and has contributed to the advancement of health IT and the work of the chapter.
  • LaHIMSS Member of the Year – Awarded to a member of the Louisiana HIMSS chapter who has contributed to the advancement of health IT and the work of the chapter.

The 3rd annual awards ceremony will provide an opportunity to meet the wonderful winners and network with chapter members. Dinner will be provided by John Folse’s staff at the fabulous White Oak Plantation.  Reserve your seat or VIP table now.


Looking Forward to 2018/2019

The fiscal year for HIMSS begins on July 1st 2018. As new leadership takes over, rest assured that our membership will continue to enjoy advocacy, education, networking and professional development through the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS. The 2018/2019 Fiscal year includes GC3 conference on November 14th through 16th at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile Alabama. For more information on GC3 2018 please visit the conference website. Don’t forget book your hotel for GC3 2018. 

Annual events such as the reception at HIMSS national and the awards ceremony will continue as well as the successful lunch and learn lineup offered in 2017/2018. Louisiana HIMSS also plans to continue collaborative events like the crawfish boil with PMI to increase the outreach of Health IT to the Louisiana community. The board of LaHIMSS is looking forward to the new fiscal year and hopes you are looking forward to engaging with us in the new year.

President’s Message

Welcome to the 2018 Winter Newsletter and an exciting start to the second half of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS (LA HIMSS) fiscal year! On behalf of our LA HIMSS board, I would like to wish all of our chapter members, sponsors, and friends best wishes as we all get into the full swing of 2018.

Wow! What an incredible 2018 it has been for LA HIMSS and its leadership. In December, as we closed out the first half of our fiscal year, we learned that LA HIMSS is being recognized by HIMSS as the Small Chapter of the Year. And, our Fiscal Year 2017 President, Mr. Chad Cothern, RN, BSN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS has been named Chapter Leader of the Year. As we rolled into the second half of our fiscal year, in late January we received another notice from HIMSS that Mr. Hank Fanberg, current Chair of the LA HIMSS Advocacy Committee, was named the 2017 Chapter Advocate of the Year! What an exciting trifecta of national recognition and pinnacle of achievement for LA HIMSS!

Additionally, we learned in January that the Lafayette General Medical Center has been selected as this year's recipient of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence. The recognition awards for each of these outstanding achievements will be given out at the Awards & Recognition Gala at HIMSS18 on Thursday evening, March 8, 2018. Congratulations to Chad, Hank, and the Lafayette General Medical Center for their achievement and the tremendous positive recognition this brings to Louisiana healthcare in 2018!

Outside of the recognition received LA HIMSS also had an active and successful first half of fiscal year 2018. Our event calendar was busy as we were engaged in supporting the successful Connect LA Day in October, served as the host chapter for a very successful GC3 Conference in New Orleans in November, and hosted lunch and learn events in Houma in September and Lafayette in January. The second half of our LA HIMSS 2018 fiscal year plan includes: a cooperative spring social event with the Baton Rouge PMI Chapter, 2019 officer nominations and elections, announcement of our 2018 HIT Scholarship recipient, and our third LA HIMSS Annual Recognition awards to wrap up our year in June. For additional information on specific events please visit our Louisiana Chapter Website often and watch for additional details in our newsletters and announcement notices.

With 2019 nominations/elections coming up shortly, I encourage anyone who has been a member of HIMSS for at least a year and has an interest in working with some nationally recognized leaders in healthcare to reach out to me or one of our board members for information on getting involved with a LA HIMSS working committee. Serving on a working committee could be a stepping stone to becoming a future board member and/or board officer. Our active working committees include Programs, Communications, Membership, Sponsorship, Advocacy, and Program Development. You can also send us an email at louisiana.info@himsschapter.org indicating your committee interest. The chair of that committee, as noted in our board member profiles, will be glad to reach out to you.

If you are planning to attend HIMSS18, please stop by and visit with us at the Communities Carnival on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian. The LA HIMSS board appreciates you for choosing to be a member of our Louisiana Chapter and for considering our invitation to get involved and make a difference!


Chapter Events – Fall and Winter 2017/2018

Fall Lunch and Learn        

Trish Olivier, Quality Informatics Advisor with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, was the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS Fall Lunch and Learn event in Houma, LA.  During the event, she spoke about the role data plays in Healthcare today; how payers and providers can partner on data sharing in the future; and how Blue Cross is currently working with their provider network to use data to drive healthcare quality. 


Trish Olivier


Connect Louisiana Day 2017


Dr. Rebekah Gee                  Dr. Karen DeSalvo                 Dr. Vindell Washington                  David Muntz

In October 2017, the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS and the Louisiana Department of Health helped celebrate National Health IT Week with the 2nd annual Connect Louisiana Educational Symposium. Over 100 members of the provider, payer and vendor communities came together for a day of shared learning and discussion to help Louisiana move towards creating connections which will move healthcare forward in using technology.

This event garnered attention from Governor John Bel Edwards who proclaimed October 2nd through October 6th, 2017 Health Information Technology Week in the State of Louisiana. In his proclamation he states “The ability to exchange health information confidently and securely across healthcare settings is foundational to transforming America’s healthcare delivery system”.

Special thanks go out to Louisiana Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Rebekah Gee, former National Coordinators for Health IT Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Dr. Vindell Washington and former Principal Deputy National Coordinator David Muntz.  Discussion topics included: the future of Health IT; Louisiana Medicaid’s utilization of information technology; and updates on the data analytics and interoperability projects underway. The Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS is grateful to these leaders for speaking and the open discussion with attendees.


GC3 2017

In November of 2017, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi chapters of HIMSS joined forces to bring you the 5th annual Gulf Coast Chapters Conference or GC3.   The conference was held in New Orleans and hosted approximately 300 attendees. This year, GC3 included a preconference symposium, adding a day of education and conversation centered on Combating the Opioid Epidemic to the already power packed line up.

The GC32017 regular conference kicked off with a panel of state department of health officials including: Dr. Esteban Gershanik from Louisiana Department of Health, Meg Pearson from Mississippi Department of Health and Michael Smith from the Alabama Department of Health. Dr. Vindell Washington, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and current Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana provided the keynote address and the conference closed with a CIO Panel including Bennett Cheramie of Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Vance Green of Forrest General Hospital and Chris Davis of Brookwood Baptist Health. Other topics included in the conference included:

  • Digital Empathy
  • The Future of the ACO
  • Designing a User Experience that Drives Patient Engagement
  • Reducing Preterm Births and the Progression of Diabetes in the Mississippi Delta
  • Improving patient Experience in the Era of Consumer Driven Healthcare
  • Managing Risk: The Challenges of Complex Health and Social Needs
  • Powering LowCost Virtual Visits and telehealth Platforms Using Skype for Business
  • Learning to Walk Before You Run: Analytics Strategies to Optimize Health Data Utilization
  • IT Governance: Principles, Policies and Process
  • Are Compliance and Quality Communicating? Navigating the Quality Payment Program
  • Investigating Barriers to Increased Use of Electronic Health Records in Rural Mississippi
  • The Art of Performing Risk Assessment

View GC3 Presentations Here

The Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS would like to extend thanks to the GC3 Planning Committee of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and all volunteers who worked diligently to coordinate this event. 


2017 GC3 Planning Committee


Straight Talk with Mike Bertaut

Straight Talk with Mike Bertaut is a great source of timely information about healthcare reform, cost, and quality. Mr. Bertaut, the main contributor to Straight Talk, has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and is recognized as a national commentator on healthcare reform having been quoted by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and other state and local publications.

Visit Straight Talk online at https://www.straighttalkla.com/ to read about current trends in Healthcare including: prescription drug safety, the opioid crisis, understanding the Affordable Care Act, and other vital topics. Straight Talk and Mike also host podcasts, sometimes engaging other healthcare professionals. Please take 10 minutes to listen to his podcast about the opioid epidemic as he talks with clinical pharmacist Brice Mohundra about what Blue Cross Blue Shield is doing to help stem the epidemic (https://www.straighttalkla.com/straight-talk-podcast-episode-3/).

Mike is also a regular guest on Talk Louisiana radio show, WRKF 89.3. Check out their website at http://wrkf.org/programs/talk-louisiana to find out more.


Winter Lunch and Learn

January 2018 brought another Lunch and Learn event to the Lafayette Petroleum Club. The topic discussed was locally applied health information technology and the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s involvement with information technology to meet some of today’s healthcare challenges.  Mr. Delcambre talked about the national Code-A-Thon in which ULL participated using predictive analytics and blockchain technology as a means to help impact the opioid epidemic our nation is currently facing.  We would like to thank Matthew for the excellent insight into the work being accomplished at ULL and with their partners.


Matthew Delcambre


Chapter Events – Spring/Summer 2018 

March 2018 –  Advocacy Day

The Louisiana legislature opens up in March 2018 for a new session. During this time, the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS would like to invite our members and any other interested party to reach out to legislators at the state level on issues related to health information technology. The chapter is scheduling an Advocacy Day with the state legislature. This event will allow time for chapter members to meet with state officials and discuss pressing issues related to the use of health IT to improve the health of the people of Louisiana. After these sessions, a reception will be held to further network with state government. A firm date and agenda will be released soon.

April 2018 - Social Event

Each year, the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS endeavors to bring our membership educational content. We would also like to have events that are strictly for socializing and networking. In this vein, the chapter will host a social event in April 2018. Details on this event will be forthcoming.  

June 2018 - Awards Ceremony

For the past two years the Louisiana chapter of HIMSS has awarded the best and brightest in Louisiana’s health IT network. The chapter is proud to announce that this tradition will continue on June 28th 2018 with an awards dinner and ceremony. Nominations for the following awards will open April 30th:

  • Public Servant of the Year
  • LaHIMSS Member of the Year
  • LaHIMSS Clinician of the Year
  • LaHIMSS Champion of the Year

We look forward to seeing all of our members at this annual event recognizing the hard work being done by the health IT community in Louisiana.

Elections

The new year means time to start thinking ahead for the 2018-2019 board of directors for the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS. In 2018 we will make a call for nominations, hold elections and announce the new board prior to the awards dinner on June 28th. The schedule for election is as follows:

Call for nominations for Board Officers – February 19th –March 9th

  • Criteria: nominees must be a member of HIMSS and local Louisiana chapter member for at least one year.  To be eligible for an officer nomination you must currently be serving on or have previously served on a chapter working committee 

Elections – March 19th – 30th

Newly Elected Board Members Announced -  April 1st

Please check your inbox for more information on how to nominate yourself or someone else for a board position with the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS. We will keep membership up-to-date on the elections by communicating via e-mail and the website http://louisiana.himsschapter.org/. Thank you for your participation and continued support of the chapter.

November 2018 - GC3 2018 Alabama

GC3 is coming to Mobile, Alabama in November 2018. This conference will be held November 14th, 15th and 16th. Mark your calendars and watch for more information about this exciting opportunity for education and networking with our neighbors in the Alabama and Mississippi Chapters.


National HIMSS Events and the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS  

The Louisiana chapter of HIMSS has had a banner year at the national level. Our leadership and advocacy efforts have been rewarded and we are celebrating these efforts at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas from March 4th to March 9th with the following events.

GC3 Reception

Margaritaville - Monday March 5th from 8 to 10pm

Margaritaville will again host the GC3 reception at HIMSS18. Join us for a cheeseburger in paradise to celebrate the success of GC32017 and get ready for another hit with GCS2018. This annual reception at national HIMSS provides a networking opportunity for the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana chapters. Please look for information on how to register in your inbox this month.

Communities Carnival

Venetian-Palazzo M - Tuesday March 6th from 5:00 to 6:30

The chapter is participating in the fun and games at the Communities Carnival. Stop by our booth between 5:00 - 6:30 on Tuesday, March 6th for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Awards Gala

Wynn – Latour Ballroom - Thursday March 8th 6:30 to 9:00

LaHIMSS has made a clean sweep of the chapter awards this year. Below is a list of the award recipients from Louisiana at HIMSS18.

  • Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS - Small Chapter of the Year  
  • Chad Cothern - Chapter Leader of the year
  • Hank Fanburg – Chapter Advocate of the Year
  • Lafayette General Medical Center - Davies Award Recipient

We hope to see you all at HIMSS18 and especially at one of the events featuring your local Louisiana Chapter.

LaHIMSS Presents Security Corner with P&N

President’s Welcome

In this first newsletter of our 2018 fiscal year 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 often and watch for our newsletters and announcements.

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.

Errol Labat, MBA, CISA
President, Louisiana HIMSS


New Year, New LA HIMSS Board

Welcome to fiscal year 2018! The LA HIMSS Board has been formalized for the year and are as follows:

President Errol Labat, MBA, CISA, Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Audit Consulting for BlueCross and BlueShield of Louisiana

President Elect and Communications ChairElizabeth Hartley-Sommers, BSN-RN, MS, Clinical Data Exchange Manager – EDM, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Past PresidentChad Cothern RN, BSN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, President and CEO of Healthcare Informatics Resource Exchange

Secretary Claudia Miller, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, MBA, PMP, Senior Manager with The Chartis Group

Treasurer Alan Thriffiley, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Project Manager for LSU Health Care Services Division’s Center for Healthcare Effectiveness

At Large / SponsorshipMark Schroeder, Project Coordinator and Software Developer, LSU Health Care Services Division’s Center for Healthcare Effectiveness

At LargeNadine Robin, Southeast Executive Director, Aledade, Inc.

Professional Development ChairMichelle Martin, MBA, RHIA, M.Ed., FAHIMA, Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University

Programs ChairPaul Douglas, CISA, CCSFP, Associate Director in P&N’s Consulting services division

Program Development Co-Chair - Jan Fuller, MBA, RHIA, CPHIMS, FAHIMA, Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University

Program Committee Member - Alan Abshire, Director of HIT Operations, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

Membership ChairJeff Rayder, PMP, CLSSGB, Director of the Epic Community Connect Program for FMOLHS

Advocacy ChairHank Fanberg, MBA, member of the Office of the CIO and Director, Technology Advocacy for CHRISTUS Health

Read more about your LA HIMSS FY2018 board members here.


Old Rail Brewing Company Education Session

On May 17th, Louisiana HIMSS hosted an education session on cloud technology, cybersecurity and compliance implications at the Old Rail Brewing Company in Mandeville, LA. The event included guest speakers from Spectrum Enterprises and Postlethwaite & Netterville. Both Spectrum and P&N shared their expertise and experience with cloud technology and cybersecurity. Moving health data storage to the cloud can be an intimidating decision. These expert speakers relayed information on risks, benefits, pitfalls and values involved in cloud technology and the security and compliance issues involved in its utilization.


2nd Annual LA HIMSS Awards Dinner

From Left to Right: Dr. Esteban Gershanik, Liz Hartley-Sommers representing Dr. Rebekah Gee, Chad Cothern representing Dr. Philip Caillouet, Spectrum Business represented by Mike Brown

White Oak Plantation hosted the 2nd Annual LaHIMSS Chapter Awards Dinner on June 15th 2017. Chef John Folse’s staff prepared a fabulous feast for attendees as awardees accepted the honor. The Awards Dinner was a celebration of the strength of the Health Information Technology Industry in Louisiana. Attendees included health system, government, hospital, physician, payer and vendor leadership from around the state. As this collection of the brightest minds in health information management socialized and networked, past president Chad Cothern introduced the awards. Acceptance speeches were full of gratitude for the recognition of hard work and hope for a continued bright future for health IT in Louisiana. Dinner was delicious, speeches were heartfelt and jokes were funny. The 2017 LA HIMSS Chapter Awards Winners were:

Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary Louisiana Department of Health – LaHIMSS Public Servant of the Year  who could not attend and was represented in photos by Liz Hartley-Sommers President Elect of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS.

Dr. Philip Caillouet, Professor, Director of the Louisiana Center for Health Informatics – LaHIMSS Member of the Year who could not attend and was represented in photos by Chad Cothern, Past President of the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS.

Dr. Esteban Gershanik, Chief Information Officer Louisiana Department of Health – LaHIMSS Clinician Member of the Year

Spectrum BusinessLaHIMSS Champion of the Year, Award Accepted by Mike Brown


Upcoming LA HIMSS Events

The FY2018 LA HIMSS board has a schedule packed with education and networking to offer this year. Here are the next few upcoming events.

September Lunch and Learn

Thursday, September 28th 2017 from Noon to 2:00

Christiano’s Restaurant
724 High St.
Houma, LA 70360

It’s back to school season and even lifelong professionals should continue learning. Enjoy lunch at Christiano’s in Houma and take part in a discussion on how Payers and Providers are using data to improve quality and value in the Louisiana healthcare ecosystem. Trish Olivier, from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, will share her expertise on the use of healthcare data in shaping the quality and cost of healthcare in Louisiana. Check your inbox for more information and to register for this event. Both members and non-members are encouraged to attend this lunch event to connect with fellow Health IT professionals, and to hear about how payers and providers are using data to improve quality and value.

Connect Louisiana Day

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
100 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

The Louisiana Department of Health’s Second Annual Connect Louisiana Symposium is being held in conjunction with National Health IT Week. Keynote speakers are former National Coordinators Karen DeSalvo, MD and Vindell Washington, MD. Come discuss how Louisiana can leverage health IT to better health for all. For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

5th Annual GC3 Conference

Thursday and Friday, November 16th and 17th

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

GC3 conference is hosted by the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi chapters of HIMSS. The conference includes education sessions, vendor exhibitions and networking. For more information and to register, please click here.

Other Events

Please check the LA HIMSS website often for updates on these events and other events coming this year.


Become a HIMSS Member

If you are not already, we encourage you to become a HIMSS member. National HIMSS membership includes a chapter membership of your choice (of course we hope you choose Louisiana). National HIMSS membership provides access to a network of resources, education, industry knowledge and cutting edge innovation. Louisiana HIMSS Chapter membership provides member level pricing for events, the ability to participate in committees and access to a network of local health IT resources. If you would like to join or renew your membership, please click here. Chapter membership is only $39!

Chapter volunteers participated in several events at the HIMSS 17 Conference, held this past February in Orlando, Florida. First on the agenda was the GC3 reception which was held at the Copper Canyon Grill. This event is held in conjunction with chapters from Alabama and Mississippi. Louisiana members also welcomed volunteers and leaders from other states with Mardi Gras beads and Zapps chips at the HIMSS Communities Open House. The highlight for the conference was the HIMSS Awards Gala, a black tie event held at the Wynn Hotel and Resort. The HIMSS Awards Gala is a time for celebration and for recognizing members who have added their unique sparkle and verve to the industry. Our own Alan Thriffiley, Jr., CPHIMS, FHIMSS received the Distinguished Fellows Service Award. According to HIMSS, this award recognizes commendable and long-standing contributions to the Society made by a Fellow Member. The Distinguished Fellows Service Award can be made for a single exceptional contribution, for a sustained contribution, or for a lifetime of exceptional service. Congratulations to Alan and many thanks to the volunteers who represented Louisiana at the conference.


Left to right: Beth Halley Vice-Chair, HIMSS North America Board of Directors, Alan Thriffiley and Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD, FACP, FHIMSS, Chair, HIMSS North America Board of Directors

  
Left to right: Chad Cothern, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Liz Hartley, and Alan Thriffiley
    
 
Left to right: Chad Cothern, Nadine Robin, and Alan Thriffiley

In March the chapter co-sponsored the North Louisiana Health Data Analytics Conference. The conference which was hosted by Louisiana Tech University, brought together industry and education leaders to advocate for a healthier Louisiana and to identify potential areas for research and training collaborations. Dr. Rebecca Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, presented the keynote address on “The State of the State”. Other presentations were given by Dr. Tom Carton of REACHnet and Dr. Chindo Hicks, Professor of Genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center.

Four panel discussions were also held including a CIO panel with moderator Jason Thomas, CIO, Director of Information Technology, Green Clinic Health System and panelists Kenneth Brown, CIO, LSUHSC, Angela Costakis, CIO Claiborne Memorial Health Center, Hank Fanberg, Office of the CIO – Technology Advocacy, CHRISTUS Health,  Marcus Hobgood, CIO, University Health Systems, and Vicky Morgan, CIO Willis-Knighton Health System. The Industry Panel was moderated by Sumeet Dua, PhD, College of Engineering and Science, Louisiana Tech with panelists Justin Bronder, Principal Strategy SDE, Microsoft, John Knies, Director and Chief Information Security Officer, CenturyLink, Peter Lee, Vice President, Health Care Analytics, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Brian Michl, Chief Technology Officer, Health and Civil, CSRA. The Research Panel with moderator Mike Brunet, PhD, Regional Director, CHRISTUS Institute for Innovation and- Advanced Clinical Care and panelists Prerna Dua, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Informatics and Information Management, Louisiana Tech, Sumeet Dua, PhD, Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Science, Louisiana Tech, Ronald Horswell, PhD, Director of Biomedical Informatics, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Eric Sherer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Louisiana Tech. The Practitioner Panel moderator was Chad Cothern, Founder, CEO, Healthcare Informatics Resource Exchange with panelists Angel Glover, EHR Project Manager, Willis-Knighton Health System, Wes Madden, Vice President of Connectivity and Sales, NantHealth,  Mary Merryman, System Director I.M. Louisiana Group Operations, CHRISTUS Health and  Claire Rebouche, Patient Safety Officer, Director of Patient Education, Willis-Knighton Health System.


Left to right: Dr. Rebecca Gee, Dr. Angela Kennedy, Jan Fuller


Industry Panel


Upcoming Events

Please join us for an evening of education and socializing at the Old Rail Brewing Company in Mandeville on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

We will have guest speakers from Spectrum Enterprise and Postlethwaite & Netterville.

Social will begin at 5:30pm, with presentations on Cloud Technology, Cybersecurity, and Compliance Implications beginning at 6:00pm.

Cost is $10 in advance and $25 at the door.


White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge is the setting for the upcoming Louisiana Chapter Awards Dinner.  The event will be held June 15, 2017 from 6:00 -9:00 p.m.  Registration information will be posted soon to the chapter website.


Save the Date:  GC3 Conference, November 16 – 17, 2017, Marriott on Canal Street, New Orleans, LA.

President’s Welcome

I hope that you are having a wonderful 2017! While the calendar year 2017 is just underway, the 2017 fiscal year for the Louisiana HIMSS chapter has reached its halfway point, and what a first half of the year it was! In September, we held “Connect Louisiana” at the Old State Capital in Baton Rouge during National HIT Week. This half day event, presented in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health, marked our first State HIT Day. Speakers included Dr. Rebekah Gee, MD, Secretary of LDH, Dr. Jon White, MD, Deputy National Coordinator, ONC, Dr. SreyRam Kuy, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Louisiana Medicaid, and many other local and national thought leaders.

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Explore HIMSS17

Read here for events at HIMSS17 in Orlando for LAHIMSS members and chapter leaders, sessions featuring Louisiana speakers, and other recommended sessions. 


Upcoming Events

North Louisiana Health Analytics Conference

Hosted by Louisiana Tech University
Willis-Knighton Innovation Center
Bossier City, LA
March 10, 2017

Purpose
• Advocate for a healthier Louisiana
• Inform public about Louisiana-based research and technology in health analytics
• Identify potential areas for research and training collaborations with industry
• Promote strengths of Louisiana Tech to public and to prospective/current students
• Publicize research at Louisiana Tech that aligns with conference themes/audience

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2017 GC3 Conference - Save the Date!

Marriott on Canal St.
New Orleans, LA
November 16-17, 2017

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President’s Welcome

Welcome to another exciting year with the Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS! We have an amazing and ambitious agenda, lots of new talent on our board, and a tremendous amount of momentum as move into the 2017 fiscal year!

The 2016 fiscal year closed with our inaugural LAHIMSS Chapter Awards Dinner at Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. It was a day of firsts as we also hosted our first meeting of the new HIT Advisory Committee (more on that later), followed by a wonderful evening that provided us with the opportunity to relax, share ideas as well as great food, and honor four outstanding individuals who have contributed to the improvement of healthcare and healthcare IT.

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Upcoming Events

Connect Louisiana Day

Celebrate National Health Information Technology Week by attending the Connect Louisiana Day on September 27, 2016.  This educational symposium will focus on improving the health of all Louisianans through the use of health information technology.  Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH will present the opening address. 

Nursing Informatics Boot Camp

The Nursing Informatics Boot Camp will be held on October 3 -4, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This intensive two-day course focuses on current informatics trends and issues. It includes content for Registered Nurses who are interested in becoming American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certified Informatics Nurses. Other clinical professionals working in informatics may wish to take the course to become exposed to the course topics.

GC3

It’s once again time for the annual Gulf Coast Chapters of HIMSS Conference!  This year the conference will be at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 3 – 4, 2016.  The theme of this year’s conference is “As the Healthcare World Turns”. With many competing areas of focus for healthcare organizations and providers including meaningful use, ACOs, telehealth, and more, the health IT professional’s daily life is much like a daytime drama with competing story lines and a new plot around every corner. 

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Louisiana HIMSS Award Dinner

The Louisiana chapter of HIMSS recognized four outstanding Louisiana professionals for their contributions to health information technology over the past year. The event took place this past June at Chef John Folse's White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge.  We thank each of these individuals for their commitment to the success of health IT in Louisiana.

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LDH Health IT Advisory Committee

Several members of the Louisiana chapter of HIMSS will serve on this newly formed committee to assist the Louisiana Department of Health in advancing the health of the citizens of Louisiana through health IT. The primary goal of the Advisory Committee is the improvement of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Louisiana through the meaningful advising of the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) on strategys. Additional goals include improving the quality of LA HIMSS member services through enhanced and expanded relationships with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), establishing opportunities for collaboration between LDH and LA HIMSS, and suggesting evidence-based strategies to improve the health of Louisianans through the use of HIT.

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Louisiana selected to participate in the NGA Center for Best Practices TA program

Louisiana was one of three states recently selected to participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ technical assistance program. The program, Getting the Right Information, to the Right Health Care Providers, at the Right Time – How States Can Improve Data Flow, provides an opportunity to receive assistance in addressing policy issues that limit the flow of health care data between providers. The application to participate was written by LDH and members of the LDH Health IT Advisory Committee.


Vindell Washington, M.D., appointed as National Coordinator for HIT

A Louisianan has once again been named as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr. Washington most recently served as ONC's principal deputy national coordinator. Prior to that appointment, he was CMIO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Medical Group based in Baton Rouge. Dr. Washington replaces Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who is now serving as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Chapter Activities in Higher Ed

Support for students in health IT-related programs at Louisiana colleges and universities is important to the chapter. Two $1,000 scholarships are available for students who meet certain criteria. The chapter is also sponsoring a “campus rush” at Louisiana Tech University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Tulane. Students will be provided lunch while they learn more about HIMSS and the health IT profession. They will also be given the opportunity to join the Louisiana chapter through chapter-sponsored memberships. Anyone interested in learning more about the scholarships or other activities should contact Michelle Martin at mmartin@latech.edu or Jan Fuller at fuller@latech.edu.