Public Announcements


New Speaker Announcement for March 17th, 2021 event, COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics

New Speaker Announcement!

Marty Pearce, MPH Public Health Epidemiologist at Gevity Consulting will join our March 17th event, to discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics.

CLICK HERE to register today!


HIMSS New York State 


We're looking for a volunteer to lead our Social Media Task Force

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: HIMSS NYS is looking for a volunteer to lead our Social Media Task Force.

HIMSS NYS runs on the dedicated support of our volunteers, and we’re looking for a Social Media Chair to help us grow our online presence. As Social Media Chair, you’ll play a key role in growing our followers and user engagement across LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. This will require a time commitment of 5-6 hours per month.

Are you interested?

Send an email with the subject “Application for Social Media Chair” to [email protected] today! Please include your resume, a link to your Linkedin page, and a short summary of your qualifications and experience.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics Presents: February Health IT Online Open House Events

Through health IT, we can make a difference in healthcare.  Prepare to maximize your impact through Columbia University’s executive format certification program.  Learn more about this unique opportunity, and how you can join the next cohort. 


Register for the 2021 CMIO Forum: The Effects of The Pandemic on Health IT: Today and for the Future, hosted by Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS


Please join the Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS, as they bring together industry leading healthcare CMIOs to provide insight into how the pandemic has changed our Health IT landscape today and what it could look like for the future.


  • Our elite group of panelists will be peppered with questions about their response to the pandemic and what new clinical and IT tools and processes have been used to deliver quality care despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.


Date: February 18th, 2021 | 4:000pm-5:30pm Central

This Event is Free but Registration is Required: Click Here to Register for the Event. 


  • Matthew Zimmie MD, MSHI - Assistant Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer – Saint Louis University
  • Todd M. Craig MD, FAAF - Vice President, Clinical Informatics - Mercy
  • K. Michael Scharff MD - Regional Chief Medical Information Officer Greater Midwest Region – SSM Health
  • Kelley Neighbors RN, MSN - Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer – Heartland Network – VISN 15, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs



  • Scott Rich MBA, CPHIMS, SHIMSS Washington University School of Medicine


This event is being hosted by the Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS.



Ransomware 1/21 Webinar Recording

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"The New Virtual Workplace: More Exposed to Ransom Attacks?"

Date: Thursday January 21, 2021

Time: 1 - 2:30pm


Joseph Davis is the Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft


Jennings R. Aske - Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for New York-Presbyterian.

Karl West - Chief Information Security Officer and Assistant Vice President of Information Systems at Intermountain Healthcare

Karen Painter Randall - Partner and Certified Civil Trial attorney at Connell Foley LLP

Samantha L Baltzersen - FBI Cybersecurity



COVID Help for Upstate Region

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HIMSS Board Member, Helen Figge on Supporting “DID” in Leadership


Listen to our Board Member, Helen Figgee on Supporting “DID” in Leadership: Diversity, Innovation, and Disruption | Helen Figge | at BTOES 2020. 

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Save the date... January 23, 2021 "Top of Mind: Health System Innovation Priorities 2021 and Beyond"

Learn innovative ways to apply AI to technology solutions supporting healthcare to eliminate human error and knowledge limitations, increase coverage and allow for cost reductions.

Registration will open in at the end of January 2020

Speakers will be announced at the end of January 2020


The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a shift in the innovation speed of health systems. Leaders recognized the need to accelerate their use of new technology tools to survive and not get pulled back. At the top of mind has been Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a solution to health systems issues. By harnessing the power of AI, health systems can achieve quality and financial objectives as well as comply with increasing regulations. In this webinar, you will learn innovative ways to apply AI to technology solutions supporting healthcare to eliminate human error and knowledge limitations, increase coverage and allow for cost reductions.

    • How COVID-19 is affecting innovation priorities at health systems
    • How health systems are approaching AI, Telehealth, and Revenue Cycle Management in 2021
    • Examples of how health systems are managing AI
    • The outlook for AI, Telehealth, and Revenue Cycle Management technologies in 2021 and beyond


Register Here


Save the Date - 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule Overview: Health Data Interoperability and Applicability 2/26

21st Century Cures Act Final Rule Overview: Health Data Interoperability and Applicability

Event Date: February 26

Time: 12-1pm


This panel will describe and discuss how implementation of various provisions will further achieve compliance and overcome major hurdles anticipated in meeting certain criteria provided by the 21st Century Cures Act while simultaneously delivering quality healthcare best practices.  Example roadmaps will be discussed from a CIO, HIT developer and provider organization perspective.

  1. Discuss practical considerations for information blocking and challenges faced from each perspective
  2. Discuss and describe APIs and vendor readiness
  3. Achieving compliance: identify data, data mapping, assess and educate, create a timeline



Helen Figge, NYS HIMSS Board, Chief Strategy Officer, MedicaSoft:  Helen has served with the NYS HIMSS Chapter in various capacities since 2007.  She currently sits on numerous committees for the NYS HIMSS Chapter and Board Member at Large for the Chapter. She is an experienced and passionate healthcare innovator and futurist.  She has served in three Fortune companies, accelerated growth in several start up organizations and worked for non-profit organizations.   Helen has been nationally recognized and rewarded for her various leadership attributes and commitments to healthcare IT.   Helen is a career coach, mentor and passionate about supporting the healthcare industry. She volunteers for several philanthropic organizations.   


Azmat Z. Ahmad, NYS HIMSS Board, Vice-President (Clinical Systems), Albany Medical Center:  Azmat is an experienced executive and clinical systems subject matter expert with over 20 years of global experience in healthcare information technology, consulting, and strategic transformation.  In her twelve-year tenure at Albany Med, she has successfully led transformation efforts across the continuum of care from inpatient care to population health. Her prior experience includes strategic clinical and workflow projects at Tata Consultancy Services, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center of the Riyadh Military Hospital, Cerner Corporation and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Azmat has served as Experiential Faculty at the Albany College of Pharmacy since 2016 and is a member of the MS - Industry Advisory Board at the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Azmat holds a BS in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech and an MBA from RPI.

Jennifer Buyce, Data Exchange Practice Manager, Albany Medical Center:  Jennifer has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare workflows. She currently leads the Quality and Regulatory projects in collaboration with technology and clinical leadership in the Acute and Ambulatory space. She has successfully implemented enterprise-wide solutions to help transform and improve healthcare delivery at Albany Med including its patient portal and telehealth platforms. In her current role, Jenn actively manages value-based care improvements within the organization and serves as a liaison to the community to assure alignment of information exchange across the continuum of care. Jenn holds a BS in Health Sciences Management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Informatics and Analytics from George Washington University.


Chuck Fennell, Regional CIO Trinity Health:  Chuck Fennell has more than 28 years’ experience in information technology serving the health care community.  He is currently the regional chief information officer for New York State with Trinity Health serving St Peter’s Health Partners in Albany, NY and St Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, NY.  Working in partnership with clinical and operational leadership, Chuck has supported organizations through the successful implementations of several enterprise information systems and IT innovations.  Prior to his role at Trinity Health, Chuck held executive level IT positions in provider and vendor organizations focused on improving clinical outcomes, patient safety and finance performance.    Connecting his experience to community involvement, Chuck serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations in New York and has served as adjunct professor at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

Mike O’Neill, Chair Technology Health 2.0 & CEO, MedicaSoft:  Mike is an IT industry leader with global entrepreneurial leadership embodied in decades of successful products and programs that are now the cornerstone of healthcare technology practice. Mike CEO MedicaSoft, overseeing solutions for both government and commercial healthcare clients.  He has an extensive background with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Previously was senior leader in private and public technology companies such as IBM introducing new products while invigorating legacy product lines.  Mike holds a BS, MS in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech.

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