Fall 2017 Newsletter


President's Message


Karen Wilding
President, Maryland Chapter of HIMSS



Advocacy Committee

MD HIMSS Visits Annapolis

MD HIMSS Chair Karen Wilding and Advocacy Committee Chair Dr. Ross Martin paid a visit to Delegate Shane Pendergrass (D, District 13) who has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 1995 and is now Chair of the powerful Health and Government Operations Committee. Delegate Pendergrass has been a long-time supporter of Maryland HIMSS – she proudly pulled her crystal recognition award from 2006 off her shelf to show us – and is one of the most knowledgeable elected officials in Maryland about issues related to health IT.

Delegate Pendergrass brought up several topics of interest to her: particularly data security. She is a big proponent of making the sharing of data across organizational lines easier, while recognizing that more data movement introduces additional risks for data breeches and misuse. “‘Not Hackable’ is probably impossible,” she said, acknowledging that the human factor in computing remains the biggest risk and that we need more training for individuals to know how to safely share data.

Delegate Pendergrass sees value-based purchasing as playing a larger role in addressing quality and total cost of care issues and believes that the health information exchange and data analytics Maryland has advanced through CRISP is an important part of our future. While she is encouraged by the progress we’ve made, we need to continue investing.

She sees the 2018 legislative session as a particularly contentious one – both because it is an election year and because of the general tone set by everything happening in Washington, DC. She encouraged us to work with the lobbyists from hospitals and primary care organizations because they keep a close eye on the bills going through and see what might have an impact on HIMSS members while they can still be shaped. That’s great advice that we are happy to take. The MD HIMSS Annual Advocacy Luncheon is happening with Advocacy Committee and Board members and our health system legislative liaison guests on Friday, October 27th.

Ross Martin
Advocacy Committee Chair



Communications Committee


Mark Doore
Communications Committee Chair



Community Outreach Committee

Bob Hooper
Community Outreach Chair.


CXO Outreach Committee

Maryland Chapter of HIMSS CXO Outreach Committee kicked off the year with its first CXO roundtable event on September 27 which was a big success, in conjunction with the MDHIMSS Fall Networking Event at Ten Oaks Ballroom.

The roundtable received a presentation on telemedicine from Dr. David Mooradian from Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), outlining AAMC’s pilot project to bring telemedicine to their physician practices. The presentation was comprehensive and informative, exploring not only the technology required to execute a successful telemedicine strategy, but also financial, administrative, regulatory and practical considerations.

Attendees and members were deeply engaged in the subject, as telemedicine is a growing modality for healthcare delivery. There was a lengthy discussion and exchange of updates afterwards on what the various healthcare organizations attending the roundtable were doing. With several CXO’s in attendance, 10 unique hospitals and health systems were represented at this event.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ravi Singh, Chair, rsingh@fidesinfosys.com, 240-314-0152

Phil Campbell, Vice-Chair, Phil.Campbell@calverthealthmed.org,






Membership Committee

Brian Zernhelt
Membership Committee Chair



Program Planning Committee

An Update on the National Landscape of Health IT

By Kathryn A. Whitmore, Maryland HIMSS Board Vice President and Programs Chair

Colleagues again connected over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at another sensational Maryland Chapter of HIMSS Annual Fall Networking Event held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. We were delighted to have Ms. Genevieve Morris, Principal Deputy National Coordinator at ONC, deliver the keynote address to a record number of registrants. Her address explored the national landscape of Health IT and covered topics including adoption and interoperability of electronic health records as well as what can be expected from the ONC as a result of the 21st Century Cures Act. 

As Maryland HIMSS does every year at the Annual Fall Networking Event, our Health IT scholarship recipient was announced. From left to right, Kathryn Whitmore, Board Vice President and Programs Chair, Karen Wilding, Board President, Debra Roper, Board Scholarships Chair, Unique Moore, CRISP Implementation Specialist at MedChi and this year’s scholarship winner, and keynote speaker Genevieve Morris. Unique is pursuing a Master of Science in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore.

We added a special element to the program this year as Dr. Ross Martin, Program Director of Research and Transformation at CRISP and Maryland HIMSS Board Member, performed an entertaining medley of live Health IT music during dessert.

Please check out our entire Events Calendar at http://md.himsschapter.org/Events/index.aspxSome upcoming highlights include learning from the Frederick Regional Health System’s Journey to HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 in November and more Maryland case study presentations in 2018 at Sheppard Pratt in Towson and the beautiful Doordan Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. 

We thank you for your continued interest in Health IT and the Maryland Chapter of HIMSS. As always, our volunteers are committed to offering a wide array of events in support of our mission to lead endeavors which optimize health engagements and care outcomes through the use of health IT. If you would like to volunteer your time to help our Program Planning team, please contact us: Kathryn Whitmore (KathrynWhitmore@STSConsultingGroup.com).


Kathryn Whitmore (KathrynWhitmore@STSConsultingGroup.com) at 443-742-4643.




Professional Development Committee


Karen Marie Wilding
Professional Development Committee Chair 



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