About DFW HIMSS
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry. The DFW Chapter of HIMSS serves the professional development needs of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding counties.
On behalf of the incoming board of the DFW Chapter of HIMSS, I’d like to thank you for helping us attain the ultimate in HIMSS recognition- Chapter of the Year for 2017-18. The award recognizes the commitment and dedication of our previous board and our strong, diverse membership. This is the first time that our chapter has been recognized in this manner, and it speaks to our continued growth and development. The award is provided to those chapters who have connected in a meaningful way with HIMSS, health information and technology entities and initiatives in their geographic region.
So how did we attain this wonderful achievement? Again, it’s a tribute to all of you- those who have volunteered at many of our activities, those who have actively sponsored our events and activities, those who have attended our education events, those who have joined our networking activities, those who have helped us fund scholarships at local Universities and those who have tirelessly worked to support our advocacy efforts to support healthcare technology & reform, both at a local and national level. We couldn’t be where we are today without you and we are deeply in your gratitude.
While we’re not eligible to win the award for consecutive years, as the incoming President I hope to steward the chapter forward in preparation for a repeat award in 2019-20.
We all hold various roles in the healthcare industry, and whichever capacity we function within we still face similar challenges in today’s ever complex environment including:
- Promoting Interoperability (previously Meaningful Use)- continued challenges with transfer of critical information between disparate systems
- Value Based Care- a continued paradigm shift moving us from a fee for service model to value based models
- Privacy & Cybersecurity- migrating towards conversations of critical necessity
- Disruptive Technologies- both at a micro and macro level, as we see incubators develop technologies that can drive change and accelerate adoption
- Industry consolidation- dynamic merger & acquisition activity within our provider and vendor markets
Our chapter wants to be at the forefront of such discussions and we want to tailor our education events and conversations to provide insights into these and other topics. As we move forward into our new Fiscal Year, I have some personal goals for the chapter that I would like to share. These include:
- Continued growth of our chapter through
- Promotion of Organizational Affiliate membership
- Enhanced hospital member benefits including discounted event rates for provider members
- Chapter outreach to local healthcare organizations and local schools
- Increased committee activity- growth of our committee structure to support a stronger and more robust succession plan for board membership and chapter leadership
- Improved Feedback Functionality- developing methodologies to incorporate feedback from membership to support the direction and vision of the chapter
- Enhanced community service opportunities to provide members opportunities to give back to their local communities
- Increased opportunities for education and professional development including possible breakfast/coffee focus groups
Finally, on a personal note, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the current and previous boards of DFW HIMSS. Since I joined the board over three years ago I’ve been fortunate to have developed some strong friendships with some amazing people. My experience has introduced me to some amazing people both in our chapter, with neighboring chapters and at a national level. I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Board this year and I look forward to meeting and connecting with all of you at our future events.
Nick Kagal, FHIMSS, FACHE
President, DFW HIMSS