October 2020 Newsletter

Member Spotlight: Kelly Nettle

By Artina Mitchell, Communications Chair

Hello HIMSS WA! We would like to introduce to you, Kelly Nettle, MS, RN-BC, Health Programs Operations Specialist at UW Medicine and HIMSS WA Volunteer. She is a light to so many and we are honored to share a little more about Kelly with you.

Six years ago, Kelly received a call from Rob Jablonski, former HIMSS WA President, to make good on her promise to volunteer for the WA Chapter. At that time, Kelly thought HIMSS was just for IT professionals and not for Clinical Informaticists, but a promise is a promise and she agreed. At the time, she did not realize how impactful that decision would be, for her and for those around her.

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Vendor Spotlight: Zones

The Need for Telemedicine Has Become Clearer in 2020

In every line of work, organizational leaders are learning that workplace modernization is a necessity. Why? Because the opportunity cost of not investing in it is just too great. If your people do not have the latest and best technology, their everyday work processes will be slow and inefficient, and it’s only a matter of time before they become disengaged. Your staff will inevitably suffer as a result.

Perhaps nowhere is that truer than in healthcare. The process of delivering patient care has always been fraught with inefficiencies for everyone involved – patients have to endure long waits in waiting rooms, doctors have trouble getting test results and collaborating with specialists, and of course everyone has to worry about high costs. And with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, these issues have only become worse. Many medical facilities have found themselves overworked, understaffed, and stretched to their limits.

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Join Us for Global Health Equity Week

Join us on October 19 – 23, 2020 for Global Health Equity Week, an initiative focused on displaying the potential of health information and technology to transform health and minimize health disparities. Connect with global experts and colleagues to discuss maternal health, patient identity and safety, public health modernization and telehealth. Get solutions to help you improve health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. Learn more at www.himss.org/ghew.

Nursing and Technology Resource

Technology continues to influence the nursing field and healthcare in exciting ways. Future and current nursing students will be coming into the medical field during a time when technological advances are the norm.  NurseJournal.org wants to help make sure students coming to the HIMSS website remain up to date on new developments. In a one page resource, titled The Influence of Technology on Nursing they have outlined three critical areas where nursing students should remain aware of shifting technology. Current shifts in tools, telehealth, record keeping, and patient care are explored to provide student nurses with a quick reference.

Upcoming Events

HIMSS Washington Virtual Summit

Join Healthcare IT leaders from Washington State healthcare systems for six sessions on November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 &12.

Sessions topics and speakers on Event Calendar. Register separately for each session.

The Stepping Stones to Clinical Informatics: Parts 2 & 3

Part 2: Clinical Informatics 101: Understanding Specialty Areas and Organizational Structures
October 22, 2020 5:00 - 6:30 pm, PDT

Part 3: Clinical Informatics Certifications and Resources
November 19, 2020 5:00 - 6:30 pm, PST

Get Involved and Join a HIMSS WA Committee

Did you know that the HIMSS Washington Chapter has a variety of committees that help shape our programming and education sessions? These volunteer committees are a great way to network with other professionals and help shape our events. The typical committee member volunteers about 2-4 hours a month either remotely or in person. Current committees include Clinical Informatics, Programs, Sponsorship, Communications and Advocacy. Please reach out to David Porter at wa.advocacy@himsschapter.org to sign up.

Volunteering opened up a new world to me. I was ... shocked at the wealth of all the available programs, education, and volunteer opportunities at state and national levels. The caliber of people I met and listened to gave me creative ideas for new opportunities. I have grown in so many ways participating in this organization. ~Kelly Nettle

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