HIMSS NCA President's Corner

President's Welcome

Welcome to the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter website. We are glad that you have reached your premier destination for all things HIMSS NCA! HIMSS NCA is the only chapter of HIMSS that is federally focused. We are not only representing the DC metro area but also welcoming members across the United States that share an interest in federal health IT.

HIMSS enters its 55th year in operation with over 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. HIMSS has truly set the standard for healthcare information systems, particularly with providing exceptional educational content, networking, advocacy, and many other value-added services surrounding privacy and security, patient engagement, and clinical informatics.

This year the HIMSS NCA Chapter Board has identified ten goals we are pursuing in an effort to provide significant value to our members. Starting with July 2016 we embarked on implementing a set of initiatives that adds value to our members, as follows:

  1. Grow and Diversify our Membership

6. Create the Federal Partners Initiative

  1. Improve our Programs and Events

7. Execute our Digital Strategy Plan

  1. Expand our Scholarship, Mentorship and Charity opportunities

8. Increase volunteer engagement

  1. Grow our Advocacy Program and Connections at the State Level

9. Promote more member engagement opportunities

  1. Improve our Chapter Brand

10. Increase engagement in our HIE committee

 

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. HIMSS believes that the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems can transform healthcare to save lives, improve outcomes of care and reduce costs.

Our chapter is collaborating closely with HIMSS Government Relations through our advocacy activities and educational opportunities covering the Health IT in the public sector. This collaboration bridges the in-depth understanding of the past, current, and potential legislation or regulations related to health IT, brought to you by an experienced HIMSS Government Relations team, and the HIMSS NCA chapter educational programs informing our members how those impact the programs and initiatives led by the federal departments and agencies.

For each of you, there are many opportunities for involvement in the Chapter, and we want to provide professional experience and networking to our members and help you grow your professional associations. Our Committee Chairs, Board and Advisors work as volunteers to help the chapter achieve fiscal responsibility, tactical operations, strategy, and member outreach and support. We want to invite our members to join us at the Leadership level and engage with us. As a Board, we are dedicated to teamwork and comradery with commitments to work together in achieving the mission of HIMSS.

I will leave you with an open invitation and call to action to join us this year in continuing the success of the HIMSS National Capital Area Chapter. We will work together to have fun and grow personally and professionally as we build our local HIMSS Leadership team and membership. Please contact myself or any of our Chapter Leadership directly to find out more about how you can get involved to serve our members, and help transform Healthcare in our local community and across our nation.

Your involvement can help make a difference, and I want you to join us! Please take some time to view our events calendar and become familiar with our new site, and I look forward to seeing you this year at our local events.

Sincerely,

Diana Ceban, President HIMSS NCA

nca.president@himsschapter.org