Houston Chapter of HIMSS

April Virtual Event

The New Normal - Diagnosing the Benefits of Telehealth

Friday, April 23rd - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

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   Learning Objectives:
   o Consolidating Engagements
   o Automated Revenue Capture
   o Supervision to ensure patient satisfaction, treatment protocol compliance and HIPAA required security.

   Presenter: Rick Bryant, National Healthcare Architect for Veritas



2021 Texas HIMSS Regional Conference

Reimagining Healthcare

Monday, May 3rd to Thursday, May 6th

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The 2021 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference will be held May 3-6, 2021. We will be hosting a hybrid event, bringing you virtual content each day and an optional in-person event on the final day. Mix and mingle with us from the comfort of your home office!! The interactive virtual event center will feature networking areas, sponsor booths, and the main stage for speakers and panelists.

Our in-person event on May 6th will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio. There will be plenty of space to socially distance while reconnecting with members and vendors, seeing our live panel, pick up some swag and maybe even get a pre-release viewing of one of the most anticipated films of the year!

This is the 13th year for this exciting conference that brings together hundreds of health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the state of Texas. This year will look and feel a little different, but we are committed to providing an exceptional experience for everyone and staying true to the hallmarks of this Texas-flavored conference. See y’all there!

March Virtual Event

Innovation Unparalleled - The Journey of Houston Methodist Center for Innovation

This engaging presentation described Houston Methodist's thought process around innovation at an institutional level to help transform patient and clinician experiences.

Presenters: Josh Sol, Administrative Director of Innovation and Ambulatory Clinical Systems and Brad Shaink, Administrative Director, Digital Innovation and IT Access Technology

If you missed the presentation, you can watch it here: 

Video link: :

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Texas Virtual HIT Day

The first Texas Virtual HIT day on February 2nd  was a great success, with good participation from members and representatives from legislators. 
If you missed the presentations, you can use the links below to watch them.

January Virtual Event

Natural Language Processing for Healthcare: a Brief Tutorial


Dr. Frank Manion -
Vice President for Innovation, Melax Tech (NLP experts)

Dr. Manion presented a very informative tutorial on how AI-based NLP is being used with clinical notes and other documentation in healthcare and the life sciences.

If you missed the presentation, you can watch it here: 

Video link: https://zoom.us/rec/share/CUxpgh00lHbTIoRPmeCkUPpGSIMCtozVMqlSoQkzNishzUzMg0Aqlk1_PrZsvEeX.K2v41U29GmmFNkAK

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Texas Statewide CIO Panel

Patient Care and Employee Collaboration in a Virtual World


On December 8th we joined our colleagues from around the State of Texas to hear some of the most influential CIOs representing Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The event was hosted by the HIMSS Austin Chapter and open to all Texas HIMSS members.

If you missed this event or would like to see it again, just click here to register for access to the on-demand video: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8viux3IjQXySsiFEtq3EfA

Erica Williams -
CIO, SW Market of Community Health Systems (Austin)
Matt Chambers - CIO, Baylor, Scott & White (Dallas)
Charlie Wardrip - CIO, Kindred (Houston)
Edward Cuellar - CIO, Methodist Health System (San Antonio)

Dr. Rick Peters -
Technology Innovation Lead and Assistant Professor of Population Health at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and co-founder Build4orce

December Lunch & Learn - Virtual event

Panel - How does FHIR drive interoperability and impact our communities?


On December 3rd, we had a great discussion on FHIR, interoperability, and how they affect the quality of care. We would like to thank our moderator and panelists for a great event, and the Austin chapter for collaborating to provide all HIMSS members in Texas with great content.

If you missed the event, here is a link to the recording:

Link: https://zoom.us/rec/share/XDM5i5qGpAYt2Crfq3-cXRzGxUjGbrBDbjwj1BUiscEad7DXgVKkp7p7CIRdltTC.x-XAXwk2uK2h4Iiu

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Moderator: Darrell Woelk - Chief Technology Officer at Green Room Technologies

- Thomas Kuklenski -
Technology Director at Memorial Hermann Health System
- Dr. Phil Beckett - Chief Executive Officer at HASA (Health Information Organization)
- Clinton Miller - Manager Integration Services, Epic Bridges, Conversions, Cloverleaf Implementation and Support at Houston Methodist

Host: Kalia Aparicio, MHA - Project Manager at Houston Methodist and Director of Education for Houston HIMSS

Action Alert: Help Protect Telehealth Access for Our Seniors

Ask your Member of Congress to support and cosponsor the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020 (H.R. 7663) - commonsense legislation that would ensure Medicare beneficiaries may continue to access care through telehealth after the current health crisis has passed.

It takes less than 1 minute to submit your information and submit a pre-written letter. We also recommend that if you have a personal or professional story highlighting the value of telehealth during COVID, that you add it to the letter.


Make your voice heard!


For too long, outdated and overly burdensome restrictions in Medicare have severely limited access to telehealth services for our seniors and vulnerable populations. When COVID-19 hit and in-person care was not an option for many patients, particularly the most vulnerable populations, Congress permitted providers to deliver care via telehealth on a temporary basis – providing a lifeline to patients and providers.

Throughout the pandemic, healthcare systems, providers, and the federal government have invested time and resources in telehealth to ensure patients can continue to receive necessary care in a safe and effective manner.

There is no longer doubt that clinicians and patients benefit from telehealth – for many it has been the only safe means to access vital care. However, our seniors will again lose access to this important service unless Congress takes decisive action and makes these changes permanent.

Back in June, AdvaMed, the Alliance for Connected Care, American Telemedicine Association, eHealth Initiative, Health Innovation Alliance, HIMSS, and PCHAlliance led 340 healthcare organizations in a letter urging Congressional leaders to make telehealth flexibilities created during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent. This legislation is our best chance to achieve these goals.

Now we need your help to protect the critical gains. We must continue to ensure access to quality care. Tell Congress we cannot go back and ask them to cosponsor bipartisan legislation that makes these important changes permanent.


This is urgent – take action to support telehealth access now!


Thanks for your support!

November Lunch & Learn - Virtual event

Streamline Precision Decision-making with Price Transparency Technology

Adam Rosenberg and Hope Giannetto, from RxRevu presented on their technology supporting pricing transparency when prescribing. The practice, known as Real-Time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) brings values to all stakeholders in the process and is increasingly being adopted by physicians.

September Lunch & Learn - Virtual event

Business Relationship Management

Our September Lunch & Learn was a great presentation by Nikki Blaze and Shemika Willis from Texas Children's Hospital on how they use Business Relationship Management  to create and maintain a positive relationship with customers by partnering to ensure the services delivered are aligned with their technology needs.
We had 70+ attendees, but if you could not be one of them, here is a copy of the slides presented:

August Lunch & Learn - Virtual event

We had 75 participants on our first virtual Lunch & Learn of this year in August. Jeff Lambert, Chief Operating Officer and Founder, Organizational Intelligence presented on "Data Analytics - A roadmap to actionable data". If you could not attend, you can view a recording of the presentation on the link below.


Sponsored by:

Organizational Intelligence is a software platform that offers a single-source database and web-based modules to improve financial operations across the hospital, department and clinics. OI will improve financial and clinical data integrity that will decrease support calls to the IT department since OI has over 40 validity checkers within the platform. The healthcare analytics platform has flexible modules that are customizable to C-level needs along with clinical department for easy reporting. OI will receive data files from any software system into a single source database providing actionable data that hospitals can use to improve profit margins and revenues.  With daily monitoring of KPIs, benchmark tracking, and visual analytics, you can prevent issues before they happen and prepare for the future with more knowledge than ever before.

For more information, visit www.oihealth.com, call Allan White (779-713-6584), or awhite@oihealth.com. 


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