Houston Chapter of HIMSS

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

As healthcare continues to incorporate Care Management into everyday care for chronic conditions, Health Systems are recognizing the importance of addressing social determinants and utilizing the community health ecosystem and as a consequence working more closely with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) such as Meals on Wheels, foodbanks, homeless shelters, etc. Hospitals and health systems can partner with community-based organizations to improve readmission outcomes.

This session will summarize the complex issues related to hospital length of stay and discharge planning and how that affects a myriad of outcomes, as well as discuss approaches, including Natural Language Processing (NLP) and predictive analytics to optimize discharge planning process.

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

Click on the link under "Upcoming Events" for details and registration.

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.

Membership Moment – Congratulations to Pamela Linden-Brown

2017 Best Boss Award – UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston HIMSS Chapter member, Pamela Linden-Brown (left) being presented UT MD Anderson Cancer Center’s prestigious 2017 Best Boss Award by Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer, Steven Hahn, MD (right), on October 18, 2017. Pamela was selected amongst more than 300 candidate submissions for the award.

Pamela Linden Brown (left) is a Manager of Information Services and Product Manager of the Epic Radiant Team in the EHR Clinical Ancillaries Department, and is joined by her one-up, Toby Boyett, Associate Director, EHR Clinical Ancillaries (right) and local HIMSS chapter board member.  “Pamela is one of the OneIS Division’s most popular managers and leaders. She is beloved by her team members and by anyone that has ever reported to her. She genuinely cares for her employees and the feeling is mutual,” said Toby Boyett.

Pamela Linden-Brown and her EHR Clinical Ancillaries - Radiant Team

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Houston HIMSS Chapter Scholarship Awards

Photos taken by Marcos Hernandez at the Houston HIMSS Lunch and Learn, 9/22/17. (from left: Mark Anderson, Juliana Brixey, Ira Martin, Danmeng Huang, and Carlos Perez-Aldana)

Danmeng Huang is a Ph.D candidate major in health policy, and expected to graduate by August 2018. During her four years of study at UT Health School of Public Health, she has been working on hospital financial data and medical claims data analyses. In her dissertation, she will access the clinical and financial impacts of different mammography screening intervals using real world claims data.

Carlos Perez-Aldana is a doctoral student at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) at Houston, TX. Previous to joining SBMI, he worked as a telemedicine and e-health advisor as well as a faculty member at a prestigious Medical School in Bogota, Colombia. Carlos is interested in the applications of informatics within Public Health or Public Health Informatics. He currently serves as the Vice President for the UTHealth's Association of Students for Interprofessional Healthcare (ASIPH) and as the Treasurer for the SBMI's Student Governance Association (SGO). He is expected to graduate in 2021.

Ira L. Martin, RN, is a student of Capella University. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and has achieved candidate status. She is expected to complete her doctorate in December, 2018. Ira has been recognized on the President’s List for both the spring and winter quarters. Ira was inducted into Capella’s Nursing Honor Society in August, 2017. She is the student liaison for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or AACN’s Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) for masters and doctoral students. Ira is employed as an SCR in the Office of Performance Improvement at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and manages the Head and Neck Oncoplastic National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (HNO NSQIP).