Welcome to HIMSS Washington Chapter

2019 Events Update

You may be wondering – what is Washington HIMSS up to? They don’t seem to be having the events I’m used to seeing...

I'm glad you asked. There are a few exciting changes coming this next year! We have sunseted some of our previous events, like the Executive Dinner and Futures Conference. These had a successful run, and we thank all of you who have attended in the past.

We have been listening to the feedback of our members, and we are deepening our focus on growing the participation of members from health-care provider systems. We will still have events for the general public, but we have heard your requests for more collaboration and networking events with your peers. We are always getting asked: “How can I get involved in HIMSS?” By creating more advisory groups, there will be more opportunities for our members to get involved and attend smaller events that are more targeted to their interests.

We’ve created a CIO-CMIO Advisory Board to help guide us, and just had a our kick-off meeting on Feb 1st hosted by Seattle Children’s. The group had a lot to say about what their teams are interested in, and we are excited about the top themes they have identified. Our Program Chair Dwayne Neufeld has spearheaded this effort.

We have also launched a new Clinical Informatics Committee, headed by Kelly Nettle. This committee is open to all who would like to participate and in the early stages of determining their focus. If you are interested in participating, reach out to Kelly.

Our very successful Emerging Technologies series will continue this spring, where we will be focusing on Digital Health Innovation and career development discussions.

In the near term, we will have a luncheon at the HIMSS National Conference on Wednesday.

Dwayne and his growing Program Committee will be bringing forward an agenda of events for this year and beyond. So more to come! If you would like to participate in bringing forward great topics and events in our all-volunteer run Chapter, reach out to Dwayne.

We look forward to bringing you new and exciting events in the near future, and seeing you at one of our upcoming events! You can keep up to date by following our Twitter, LinkedIn ……

Message from the President

Welcome to the Washington State Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) website.  We are glad that you have reached the premier destination for all things HIMSS in Washington!  Our chapter is here to support you – whether you are new to healthcare or an industry veteran, a clinician, technologist, student, or one of the many other professionals who have an interest in improving healthcare by using technology and information.  Our current membership is around 1200 professionals like you who come from many aspects of the healthcare industry.

We are a volunteer-run organization, and your input and participation is vital to our success!  If you see a need, you can step up and help make something happen.  Our agenda this year is filled with programs and events that I hope will continue to provide education and networking opportunities that you value. We listen closely to our members and strive to cover the topics you’re most interested in, featuring local, regional, and national speakers who provide insight and engage in conversations about the technology and trends that affect us all.  

Our chapter events include smaller local educational and networking opportunities, larger 1-2 day conferences, and we always have a contingent who attend the national HIMSS conference in late winter.  Watch our website, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds to keep abreast of what’s coming up.  

Whether you are at the end of your career and are interested in giving back, still in school and looking for ways to break into this exciting industry, or anywhere in-between, I invite you to connect with the Washington HIMSS Chapter this year.  If you’ve never been to an event, please check our calendar and sign up to attend.  If you’d like to get more involved, please contact one of our Board Members to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 

As your 2018-2019 Washington HIMSS Chapter President, it is truly an honor and pleasure to serve. I hope to see you at an upcoming event, and I look forward to continuing the exciting work of our Chapter. 

Gwen O’Keefe, MD

President 2018-2019

HIMSS Washington

wa.president@himsschapter.org