September 9th, 2015 Newsletter

HIMSS Washington – September 9th Newsletter

In this article:

  • President’s Corner - 2015-2016 Board election results and committee chairs
  • 2015 Scholarship Program award winners
  • Program Committee – input for upcoming events
  • Emerging Professionals – Panelists needed
  • Call for Registration – Data warehouse 401 (BI Reporting)
  • Upcoming Events - save the date


President's Corner

July 1 marked the start of the new fiscal year for HIMSS-WA and the transition to a new board.  While several of our board members will continue to serve in their current roles, there will be some new faces this year.  I’d like to congratulate and welcome new board members and thank current board members for their continued dedication and time.

Elected positions

  • President Elect – Barry Brunk (New board member!)
  • Past President - Peter Ghavami
  • Treasurer – Brenda Ding (New board member!)
  • Secretary – Kyle Huntley (New board member!)

Committee Chairs

•Programs Chair– Chris Deiner-Karr
•Community Outreach Chair – Richard T. Moore (New board member!)
•Vendor Relations Co-Chair – Chris Spanton
•Vendor Relations Co-Chair – Kyle Henderson (New board member!)
•Emerging Professionals Chair– Diego Bartholomew
•Communications Co-Chair – Shanna Karr
•Communications Co-Chair – Peter McComas
•Membership Relations Co-Chair – Rick Hirko
•Membership Relations Co-Chair – Josh Edwards
•Advocacy Chair– Chris Hiner

The board has already begun planning a great year of activities including a Veteran’s Networking event, a Wine Tasting event; the final two sessions of the Data Warehousing series, and the 2016 Executive Dinner in January.

As always, if you want to volunteer to help with activities or have suggestions to improve the chapter, please contact us at or reach out to any of the board members. 

I look forward to meeting and working with many of you over the upcoming years!

Leanne Hughes-Mickel
President, HIMSS Washington Chapter


2015 Scholarship Program award winners

Candidates completed an application that detailed their scholastic achievement, leadership skills and communication abilities and industry-related education, training and experience. After a rigorous selection process, the HIMSS board is pleased to announce the six award winners.


Program Committee – input for upcoming events

Washington HIMSS Chapter is looking for input on upcoming events for 2015-2016. Please complete the following questionnaire and return it for an opportunity to win a $50 Starbucks gift card.


Emerging Professionals – panelists needed

Seeking a panel of 4 speakers from local Healthcare professionals or organizations to discuss their programs and benefits of joining or becoming involved in their field; Audience is the 2nd year cohort students of University of Washington Masters in Health Information Management.

Areas of discussion; Health Information Management, Compliance, Health Informatics, Policy and Advocacy, Health Information Exchange, Electronic Health Records and related HIT.

When: Thursday, 11/ 12 or Friday 11/13, 12:00 – 1:00 pm - lunch served (TBD)

Where: University of Washington - Bellevue Campus (Park140)

If interested please contact Chris (


Upcoming events - save the date
•What: Data Warehouse 401 Series - How to drive strategic investment in data architecture through tactical delivery of reporting and analytics
◦When: October 8, 2015 (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
◦Where: Seattle Children’s
◦Resister now (no cost but registration required)

•What: Executive Dinner
◦When: January 2016
◦Where: TBD

•What: HIMSS National Conference
◦When: February 28 – 3, 2016
◦Where: Las Vegas

•What: Futures in Healthcare Conference - State of Healthcare in Washington
◦When: March 31, 2016 (8:30a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
◦Where: Bellevue College

If you have suggestions please contact Chris Deiner-Karr;