Charity Program

The HIMSS NCA Charity Program Application

The Health Information and Management Systems Society, National Capital Area Chapter (HIMSS NCA) engages in many forms of community service including its Charity Award Program. Event and sponsorship proceeds are designated for charitable organizations serving the Metropolitan DC community. Consistent with our mission, HIMSS-NCA supports those serving the health needs of the community preferably including an information technology component.

Charity recipients benefit from the direct funding and, as importantly, exposure to a network of hundreds of health information technology professionals living in the community.

Recently, HIMSS-NCA provided funding to support two Health IT projects serving the local uninsured and special needs populations. The Mary’s Center used the donation to provide additional telehealth capability. Mary’s Center’s telehealth program operates through two distinct synchronous models: virtual and facilitated. (1) virtual telehealth services are provided by clinicians connecting with their patients through a HIPAA-compliant platform; and (2) facilitated telemedicine and tele-dental programs use specially trained Medical or Dental Assistants (MAs/DAs) to connect patients with providers from the convenience of their participants’ homes. The MA/DA travels to the home, which allows for increased access to care coordination, blood draws, vaccines, and enhanced patient monitoring through the use of specially designed equipment. This equipment, which was obtained partially through the generous charity donation from HIMSS NCA, allows the provider to, for example, assess fetal heart rate and tones, listen to heart/lung sounds, perform dental x-ray, or closely examine skin, inner-ear, nose, dentition or throat. The MA/DA brings an internet “hotspot” and laptop and launches the video teleconference session. The participant and provider then see and speak with each other in real-time over a secure internet connection. With these options, we increase access to care to their most at-risk populations and improve health outcomes”.

Another awardee, the Pozez Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Northern Virginia, used the funds to purchase a set of tables to use with children, teens, and adults living with special needs to increase their ability to use mobile devices and apps to organize themselves and improve their individual skill development. For example, participants would learn to effectively integrate mobile devices into their personal lives, learning everyday skills that will help them live as independently as possible. Potential new/improved skills might be tracking medications and personal finances, maintaining personal schedules, and furthering long-term personal goals.

HIMSS-NCA has supported projects in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Awards will continue supporting charities in the DC metropolitan area, especially those organizations that use the funds for a health or healthcare technology related endeavor.

Applicants must complete and submit applications to the HIMSS-NCA Charity Chairperson via email by Friday, January 29, 2021. Once completed, the applicant will submit the streamlined application by email to the HIMSS-NCA Charity Chairperson. The HIMSS-NCA review panel composed of chapter members will review the merits of each application and notify the awardee by February 5, 2021. We invite the awardee to receive the award at a future planned HIMSS NCA program webinar event if not meeting in-person in the New Year.

Questions should be forwarded to the HIMSS NCA Charity Chairperson, Barry Dickman, barrydickman@gmail.com.