Public Announcements


Webinar: The Cybersecurity Implications of Telehealth 7/24 @12pm

The Cybersecurity Implications of Telehealth: Safeguarding the New Normal of Virtual Care

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In this webinar, the deputy director of NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, the chief information security officer of Sentara Healthcare and a UK-based physician and cybersecurity consultant will offer their unique perspectives on providers' privacy and security responsibilities, now that telehealth and remote monitoring have become a fundamental new modes of care delivery.

Join to learn:

  • How to conduct an effective telehealth risk assessment
  • How NIST's Securing Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystem can help
  • Frontline perspective from a major U.S. health system
  • How evolving federal policies impact security compliance
  • How patients and clinical staff should be educated about telehealth


Bringing the Future into now: Checking Temperature while Social Distancing in the COVID- 19 era Wednesday 7/22

NY & NJ HIMSS PCS Committee Chapter Event

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Time: 12 -1 PM

Subject:  Bringing the Future into now: Checking Temperature while Social Distancing in the COVID- 19 era

This will be a collaborative virtual event with both the NY & NJ Chapters.

The discussion will summarize the benefits of the thermal scanners:

  • Mass volume reducing the need for resources required for handheld screening, cleaning, battery changes, re- calibration etc.
  • Safe as no human contact
  • at a high rate with incredible accuracy - within 0.5 degrees
  • scanned in a matter of seconds which moves 6-7 thousand people through entrances everyday
  • drawn and concealed weapon detection (safety)
  • an overview Ai (artificial intelligence) technologies using visual and thermal cameras and future trends.


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Featured Speakers:

 John Calhoun

John Calhoun is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black-Belt in Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center’s Transformation Hub.  Prior to his current role he served as Project Manager for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Institute for Cancer Care Innovation.  After receiving degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and Biomedical Informatics, John completed his certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black-Belt and Master Black-Belt with the George Group.  During the same period, he served as a Space Shuttle Mission Controller, Crew Trainer, and International Space Station Operations Manager in NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate.  While in the aerospace industry John led projects in engineering, personnel management, training certification and Six Sigma.  He also served as a contract proposal manager for United Space Alliance.  After transitioning to MD Anderson, John partnered with clinical leaders in the Divisions of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Nursing, Cancer Medicine, and Radiation Oncology to implement pathways in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery and in Time Driven Activity Based Costing.  In his current role at Memorial Hermann, and throughout his career, John’s continued to focus on understanding what it takes to manage change effectively, what it takes to develop high performing teams and what it takes to effectively integrate technology into lean and efficient processes. 

 Chris Ciabarra 

Chris is CTO and Co-Founder of Athena Security, Inc a Texas based artificial intelligence company that uses computer vision to detect active shooter threats and with the onslaught of COVID 19 elevated temperature detection. From 2010 – 2017 Chris was co-founder and CTO of Revel Systems. Chris developed the technology behind Revel’s award-winning POS system made for Apple iPad. Chris designed Revel Ethernet Connect, which provides failover connections between Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

In 2016, Revel Systems was named the Leading iPad Point of Sale Company during Apple’s Q4 Financial Results Conference Call. Chris also founded Network Intercept, a Los Angeles security software. Chris is also an anti- hacking expert and has provided internet security advice worldwide including the United States Department of Homeland Security. Chris is also a certified Thermographer which is the study of infrared devices and how they work and should be operated. Chris is an award-winning innovator, published author, and member of the Forbes Technology Council.

 Dr Michael Chang

Michael Chang, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He also serves as the director of antimicrobial stewardship for pediatrics at UTHealth McGovern Medical School and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Prior to his current position, for 5 years he was the lone pediatric infectious diseases provider for Eastern Oklahoma based at the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma, leading the pediatric infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts there. During that time, the Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit was the first unit within the hospital system to achieve zero central-line associated bloodstream infections for over 1 year. Since joining UTHealth and Memorial Hermann, Dr. Chang has actively participated and developed quality improvement projects and educational programs for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and for UTHealth. He also serves as a core member of the Medical Futures Lab at Rice University, which is dedicated to the study of the intersection of medicine and technology. Dedicated to education, Dr. Chang developed and facilitated the first-ever “crash-course” in human-centered design at McGovern Medical School. Dr. Chang was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award for Pediatric Subspecialties in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and was awarded “Attending of the Year” for 2020 by the Pediatric Residency Program. Further highlighting his focus on education, Dr. Chang frequently represents UTHealth and Memorial Hermann for local and national media outlets, including appearing live on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, to discuss complex topics for the general public. 


HIMSS NYS welcomes two new Board Members!

The HIMSS New York State Chapter is pleased to announce the appointment of Azmat Z. Ahmad and Mary Joy Garcia-Dia to its Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2020.

Azmat Z. Ahmad currently serves as a Vice President of Clinical Systems at Albany Medical Center. Azmat is a driven senior leader and clinical systems subject matter expert with over 19 years of global experience in healthcare technology consulting, as well as on the vendor and provider side.

Mary Joy Garcia-Dia currently serves as the Program Director of Nursing Informatics in the Information Technology Department at New York-Presbyterian. Mary Joy brings over 18 years of nursing informatics experience and 14 years in critical care nursing.

The appointments were confirmed after a chapter-wide vote from June 8th, 2020 to June 19th, 2020. These appointments will fill two Board Member positions that are up for renewal this year. The New York State Chapter would like to thank Ryan Burke and Terri Couts for their contributions as a Chapter Board Member over the past two years, and all of the candidates that were involved in the election.

HIMSS New York State


June 18th: Harnessing Innovation to Rethink Your Ambulatory Care Environment Webinar - Recording

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Polls are OPEN...2020 Board Member Election - Vote Today!

As a member of the HIMSS New York Chapter, Your Vote Counts!

  • The New York Chapter has two (2) open Board Member-at-Large positions for 2020.
  • Members may submit one vote for each open position (you cannot vote twice for the same person). 
  • We encourage you to review the profiles and watch the Q&A recording below to get to know the candidates.

Click here to begin the voting process! 



2020 Board Member-at-Large Candidates - Webinar & Profiles

On Wednesday, May 27th, our chapter's Board of Directors held a Q&A session with this year's candidates. To learn more about these candidates for the upcoming election, please listen to the Q&A recording on our 2020 Election Page

Thank you to all those that submitted a nomination for our upcoming Board Member-at-Large election. We are excited to follow up and introduce your 2020 Candidates. 

As a reminder the 2020 Election timeline is as follows: 

Timeline Date
Election polls Open:  Monday, June 8, 2020
Election polls Close:  Friday, June 19, 2020
Election results announced:  Friday, June 26, 2020


PCS Webinar June 1st @ 9am: How the Final Rules on Information Blocking Will Affect Your Organization

On May 1, 2020, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simultaneously published their final rules implementing the 21st Century Cures Act.  On April 24, 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Proposed Rule on Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) to be imposed against actors who engage in prohibited “Information Blocking.” These new rules and standards will turn on their heads certain policies and procedures that covered entities and business associates may have adopted in accordance with HIPAA and permitted business practices, and now all need to be updated to ensure that they do not violate these new 21st Century CURES’ Act rules.  There is a lot on everyone’s minds these days, but deadlines loom around the corner and implementation cannot be completed hastily.  Join us for this Webinar to get a lean and focused overview of what you need to do to comply.  All types of Healthcare Providers, Health Information Exchanges, Health Information Networks, and Health IT vendors will benefit from this Webinar.

Our speaker will be Helen Oscislawski, Esq

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HIMSS Innovation Community Webinar a Project Management Series

HIMSS Innovation Community Webinar
a Project Management Series

Thursday, May 28 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT

Virtural Webinar | Free for Members

Register Today!

Telehealth and associated technologies are changing the way care is delivered to underserved individuals and populations. The number of telehealth projects has grown from approximately 350,000 in 2013 to over 7 million in 2018. Telehealth visits have skyrocketed by over 340% in the last few years alone, and video consultations are estimated to be a $34B market by the year 2020. As the number of telehealth projects skyrockets, the need to understand the telehealth management in healthcare is urgent.

Telehealth project failures can pose significant financial, patient safety, and quality of care consequences for healthcare organizations. In this presentation, the speakers will discuss the challenges and success factors in the management of telehealth projects. Using research and experience, he will describe practical, pro-active steps that institutions can take to mitigate telehealth project failures and increase success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the landscape of telehealth projects including the varying types and levels of projects
  • Analyze the unique issues and challenges facing telehealth projects and governmental regulations
  • Define success factors and components of telehealth projects
  • Examine evidence and Insights on best practices and lessons-Learned for successful Telehealth Project Implementation


Guest Speaker: 

Patrick Mattis, DNP, MSN, MSCS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CNE, is a Chair and Professor at Lincoln University, and the Chief Nurse Administrator.


HLNY/HIMSS Webinar: Harnessing Innovation to Rethink Your Ambulatory Care Environment 6/18 @1pm

Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) & the New York State Chapter of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is proudly co-hosting: Harnessing Innovation to Rethink Your Ambulatory Care Environment

Organic growth and acquisitions have rendered existing Ambulatory Care Networks obsolete and inefficient. Healthcare systems are focusing on developing ideal geographic distributions of new and current sites of care that optimize access, capital costs, operational costs, and population health management goals. They are creating standardized templates for the “Medical Office Building of the Future,” including a common vision for the end-to-end flow of patients, staff, and providers in the new facilities, and space requirements to support lean operations, and virtual care. Healthcare executives and ambulatory care managers must understand how to deploy ambulatory care to best support their organizations’ strategic, financial, and operating goals.

1:00 -2:00 Panel Discussion
2:00 – 2:30 Breakout Session / Q&A

Receive ACHE Qualified Education Credit by attending this program. Click here to register.


Dr. Steven Goriah, VP of IT and CIO for Corporate Services at Westchester Medical Center Health



Jennifer Tota, Senior Director, Ambulatory Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Mary Ellen Connington, RN MA
Executive Vice President of Village Care Max


Moderated by:

Nicholas Christiano Jr., CEO at Aris Radiology & President of NYS HIMSS Chapter



Introducing... The HIMSS NYS Chapter LinkedIn Page!

HIMSS NYS Members –

Our Chapter is SO EXCITED to launch our new LinkedIn Page!

Please click here and follow us on LinkedIn.

The new LinkedIn page will allow us to stay better connected with you regarding our chapter and committee events, announcements,  educational resources, and career/networking tools. Our legacy LinkedIn group will be closed after June 1. Please email us at [email protected] with any questions.


NYS HIMSS Chapter makes donation to support COVID-19 response through New York Community Trust Emergency Fund

In an effort to help our Healthcare community facing the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYS HIMSS Chapter made a $10,000 donation to the New York Community Trust Emergency Fund (info listed below) on Friday, April 3rd, 2020. The Board felt this fund could address those areas of need best, whether it be N95 masks, respirators, food or shelter. We sincerely hope you feel this was a worthy expression of our willingness to help where it is needed most.

As we move forward, the NYS Chapter will look to provide other means of assisting our communities until this epidemic becomes a thing of the past. We wish all of you the best as you continue to be our frontline in this epic battle. Our thoughts and prayers go with you;


HIMSS NYS Chapter, Board of Directors 


 The New York Community Trust Emergency Fund

This fund will help New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting a wide array of nonprofits providing critical services on the ground now and in the future. Your donation to this fund will help our city’s most vulnerable, including people whose jobs have disappeared, and are threatened by losing access to food, shelter, health care. The Fund will also be able to pivot and support nonprofits addressing unforeseen needs in the future as the pandemic continues to overturn people’s lives. The Trust’s own professional grantmaking staff will oversee financial support to vital organizations that provide health care, housing, food, job training, and other support to those in need. To learn more, please visit: