The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (DFWHIMSS) is a professional organization for healthcare and IT professionals in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex providing leadership, professional development, education, and networking opportunities.

We welcome the participation of members and visitors at our bi-monthly educational sessions and alternate bi-monthly free social events.

The Dallas/Fort Worth HIMSS membership consists of IT professionals, consultants, vendors, physicians, nurses, professors, and students actively working in or interested in management systems, clinical systems, information systems, and telecommunications in healthcare.

President's Welcome

I would like to start out by expressing my gratitude and appreciation in being appointed to the role of President of the DFW HIMSS Chapter for this upcoming year. I am truly humbled. When I first got engaged with the Chapter about 6-7 years ago, I could not even have imagined all of the great experiences that the organization would provide for me in terms of the great people I have met and all that I have had the opportunity to learn over the years. I am committed to living up to the legacy of those that have come before me in this role.

While we look forward to the upcoming 2019/2020 Chapter Year, I want to take a moment to recognize all that we accomplished over the 2018/2019 Chapter Year. Our Programs group led by Joseph Painter did a great job of getting 3 Networking Events set up. One in July one in September and one in November. These are important to the Chapter because it provides an opportunity for our members to gather together and catch up on all that has been going on in a casual but productive environment. We were especially excited for the September event as that was held in Fort Worth and it had a great turnout of members from the west side of the Metroplex.

Willie Johnson led the Professional Development team and they were very excited about bringing some unique events to the Chapter Calendar this year. The focus of this team is to foster educational opportunities for our members. They set up a Virtual Health Panel in August. The focus was Virtual Health and Telemedicine. We were able to foster some meaningful discussions around how organizations are addressing these trends and were also able to share some best practices for the group. They also set up a CAHIMS/CPHIMSS Exam Prep Course in September around our Networking Event. This event provides those that are looking to take these exams the opportunity to gain insights into the nuances of the exam and to make sure they are well prepared to pass the test.

In October, we successfully hosted a Webinar focused on the Opioid Crisis in this country and how it is being addressed. We also had our Programs and Professional Development teams work together to bring the CMIO Panel together in October. We were fortunate to have some of the best CMIO’s in the Metroplex participate. It was a highly informative and collaborative event.

In December, we co-hosted the Healthcare Wildcatters Holiday Party. This was a unique event that brought together a diverse group of healthcare professional and investment organizations for an evening of discussion around healthcare technology and networking.

As is always the case, January played host to HIT Advocacy Days and our Annual CIO Forum. Lee Lavergne leads our Advocacy Team and they spent some very productive days in Austin meeting with the State Legislature to understand what healthcare-based priorities are on the docket and how we can best influence policy. The CIO Forum is always are biggest event of the year and it is a true team effort in getting it organized and kicked off successfully. Not only were the Programs and Professional Development teams engaged, we also had Tiffany Zbranek with our Sponsorship team and Greg Bertrand with our Membership team working to make sure the event was a success on all fronts. We were in a new venue this year and it was a great day of education, networking and collaboration.

The HIMSS National Conference took place in February in Orlando. As usual it was a great week of education, marketing and networking. The DFW HIMSS Board attended the event and were able to make the most of interactions with other board members from around the country. We always come back with great ideas for the Chapter and a better understanding of what HIMSS Corporate is looking to accomplish for the rest of the year. HIMSS National also rolled out a new HIMSS logo, which we will start to incorporate into our communications as well.

In March, Austin HIMSS had the honor of hosting the Texas Regional Conference. The event was a huge success. Our keynote speakers and session speakers were focused on delivering messages around relevant technologies and trends that are affecting healthcare today. We also had an awesome group of sponsors showcasing their companies and technologies throughout the week. This is also a team effort in that board members from each of the Chapters around the state support the planning and execution of the event.

April was a great month for the Chapter as we hosted our first Fireside Chat for our members. This is the first time we were able to deliver this type of an event and it was a great success. We were able to have the COO from Steward Health, John Polanowicz, talk about their organizations move to the Metroplex along with some of the best practices that he and his team employ in their day to day operations. Thanks to John for attending the Networking Event afterward and mingling with our attendees. The attendees really enjoyed getting to know you as well. Steward Health is the newest Healthcare organization to make the Metroplex its home and we were thrilled and appreciative of John taking the time to be a part of the event. We are planning more of these for 2019/2020.

May lived up to its weather reputation, so we had to move our Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament to June 21st. A big thank you goes out to Tiffany and her Sponsorship team for rising to the challenge of rescheduling the event and making it the most successful golf tournament that the Chapter has ever hosted. We had a record number of sponsors supporting the event and a record number of players participating in the event this year. A big special thank you to all the sponsors that supported this year’s event, it would not be possible without you. The event was also hosted at Shady Valley for the first time and it is safe to say at this point, we will be back there for the 2020 event.

Needless to say, the Chapter had a great year in terms of membership interactions and successful events. We have some new addition to the Board which we are all very excited about and we are all committed to make the 2019/2020 Chapter year one to remember.

The DFW HIMSS Chapter board is made up of some greatly dedicated individuals that work tirelessly to make sure the Chapter is successful in all that it does. And we would love to have more of our membership involved in the support of the Chapter and its mission.

My time on the Board has enabled me to have some of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life. This next year promises to be a fun and challenging one for the team that we have on the board and there are opportunities for people to sign up and be a big part of all we have planned.

So, if you have ever thought about getting involved or even wondered what it would be like, feel free to reach out to me or one of our other board members. We would be thrilled to talk to you about it.

Thanks again for the privilege of being the Chapter’s President in 2019/2020. And for the record, we will be making another run at Large Chapter of the Year. We are eligible, and we are all committed to defending our title.


Peter Ravalico
President, 2019-2020