Houston Chapter of HIMSS

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Message from Our Chapter President

Welcome Houston HIMSS members!

We recently announced the new FY2018-2019 Houston HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors and our Committee Chairs, and we are thrilled to have such a strong team engaged to lead and facilitate programs this year

Each year, the Board of Directors meets to plan for the coming year. This year, we are focusing on the following areas to promote stability and growth: 


Explore Membership in the Houston Chapter

July 27, 2018 Houston HIMSS Lunch and Learn – Epic Pediatric Redesign at Harris Health System

Jennifer LaHue, from Harris Health System described their successful journey to redesign several of their EHR screens to optimize their workflow in a way to allow providers to deliver patient-centered care. Their project resulted in dramatic improvement in the quality of care as well as significant cost savings.

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Jennifer LaHue, MBA, RN
Director - Strategic Initiatives & Clinical Informatics - Ambulatory Care Services 
Harris Health System

For more details, contact Jennifer LaHue at Jennifer.Lahue@harrishealth.org

June 22, 2018 Houston HIMSS Lunch and Learn – Addressing Social Determinants to Impact Outcomes

Mary Piepenbrink, from Pieces Technologies presented on the importance or establishing a network to facilitate communications between community-based organizations and Health systems and how this contributed to better outcomes.

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Mary Piepenbrink, RN, BSN, MBA
Senior VP at Pieces Technologies


May 2018 Houston HIMSS Lunch and Learn – Change Management in Healthcare 2018

We had a great Lunch & Learn session on May 25th by Dr Robert Murphy, Associate Dean for Applied Informatics and Associate Professor at the UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics.  He presented “Herding Cats while Building Airplanes in the Sky – Change Management in Healthcare 2018”. 

There was plenty of good information and practical advice.  You can see all details by downloading a copy of the presentation:

Herding Cats while Building Airplanes in the Sky – Change Management in Healthcare 2018 presentation

If you want to learn more about Change Management, Dr Murphy teaches a course title “Change Management in Health Informatics”.  The course is offered by the School of Biomedical Informatics and is open to non-degree students.  For a course description, please follow this link: https://sbmi.uth.edu/current-students/catalog-of-courses/hi-6316.htm.