Newsletter - Summer 2018

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From the President 1

Education Planning Committee 2

Community Outreach Committee 3

Advocacy Committee 5

Thank you to our 2018-2019 SPONSORS! 6


From the President

Hello Maryland HIMSS Members -


Summer flew by, school is in session and “fall implementation season” is here!  So many of you are focused on large projects within your respective organizations to close 2018 strong; it can be a stressful and exciting time. As a partner to you and the industry, we are happy to provide opportunities for our members to grow and “kick-back”.  


We have added several leaders to our Board of Directors; I couldn’t be more humbled to work alongside this incredible group.  They are bringing fresh ideas and focus to areas that we know you are looking for such as professional development, supporting our veterans and forums focused on emerging topics. Please take an opportunity to introduce yourself during one our upcoming events; we’d love to hear from you!


This fall we are going to celebrate family with a special event at Larriland Farms on the 29th of September.  Behind every leader is a support system that we know is foundational to your success as a professional. It’s important to take pause and truly to have work/life balance.  Come pick apples with your significant other, let the kids wander the corn maze or enjoy a hayride!


Save the Date for U.S. National Health IT Week

U.S. National Health IT Week, held October 8-12, 2018, is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of healthcare IT. It is an independent week made up of partner-driven events offering healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, one message: the benefits health information technology can bring to U.S. healthcare. Maryland HIMSS will be attending advocacy events and we’d love to have you join us.


It is a pleasure to continue to serve this chapter, and I am looking forward to what the upcoming year will bring.  Please feel free to let me know any thoughts or feedback you may have. I can be reached at


Stay tuned for announcements on future events and opportunities to volunteer. Have a wonderful Fall!





Education Planning Committee


Calendar of Events

The Maryland HIMSS Chapter has some great events planned for this year. Our goal is to make sure our agendas meet the expectations of our members and create real BUZZ in the community. We have numerous social events, our annual Advocacy Event and four Education Events. Below is a description of the major events, so please be sure to SAVE THE DATES.

September 17, 2018– Fall Networking Event

November 30, 2018– Fall Education Event

January 19, 2019 – Winter Educational Event

January 31, 2019 – Advocacy Event

April 19, 2019 – Spring Educational Event

If you are interested in joining this committee, or have a question regarding the chapter membership, please contact Regan Pasko Membership Committee Chair at


Regan Pasko,

Maryland HIMSS Board member, Education Committee Chair



Community Outreach Committee

Over the summer the Community Outreach Committee has experienced a changing of the guard, addition of new committee members, a roll-out of new Corporate Sponsorship levels and the launch of our Charity Program! Oh, and we had a little fun at Nick’s Fish House on August 8th to kick-off our first of many social events. Over 75 Maryland HIMSS members attended!  

First, I wanted to send a “Thank-You” to Bob Hooper who has and continues to be a great mentor to members of the Committee and assisting with my transition into the Chairman role and Jennifer Moore as the Vice-Chair. Bob is a tremendous asset and I have big shoes to fill!

The success of the Community Outreach Committee and the functions we perform each day requires the commitment of passionate volunteers who support our state and national HIMSS mission and vision. To ensure we support our vendor partners, drive membership and stay connected to our community, I will be adding several new committee members including: Lauren Satyshur, Brian Fay, Marianne Berger and Unique Moore. Welcome Team!

We have rolled out a new Corporate Sponsorship program that includes added benefits to our vendors and provides greater exposure to our MD HIMSS membership! The vendor feedback on the new levels has been tremendous and our Educational, Networking and Social events are dependent on their participation. Our new sponsorship levels include Elite, Premium Plus and Premium and we have maintained our Corporate level. Check out our Corporate Sponsor brochure on the MD HIMSS website for more information.

The MD HIMSS Board of Directors launched its Charity Program almost a year ago. The 2017 – 2018 Charity Program recipient was MissionFit and they received a $2,500 donation. MissionFit, is a Maryland-based non-profit organization whose mission and vision is to strengthen Baltimore’s inner-city youth by providing education and fitness classes on the benefits of living a “healthier lifestyle” and is committed to the physical and mental health of youth ages 11-24. The organization used the funds for its health tracking systems.  We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 recipient!

Our Committee will be busy this fall and encourage you to stop by the booths of our Vendor Partners during the Fall Networking (September 17th) and Fall Educational events (November 30th)!

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Kyle D. Swarts

Outreach Committee Chair


Advocacy Committee


Congratulations to the Maryland Chapter for being recently awarded the Advocate Chapter Level in 2018 by HIMSS!  



Please hold the following upcoming dates for public policy advocacy at the state and national levels:

  • October 8-12, 2018: U.S. National Health IT Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of information and technology in healthcare. It is an independent week made up of partner-driven events offering healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, one message: the benefits health information and technology can bring to U.S. healthcare. Maryland HIMSS will be attending advocacy events and we’d love to have you join us. 

  • January 31, 2019: Maryland Chapter of HIMSS will sponsor our 12th Annual Health IT Advocacy Day in Annapolis. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with legislators from the Maryland House of Delegates, Senate, and the Office of the Governor. We will focus on topics germane to advancing Health IT in support of state-wide health policy priorities. More detailed information will follow in the coming months.


The following links may be of interest to you:


Ed Grogan, FACHE, CHCIO, CPHIMS, CCE, Advocacy Chair

Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA, Advocacy Co-Chair

Thank you to our 2018-2019 SPONSORS!


Elite Sponsors:


Premium Plus Sponsors:


Premium Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors:

CAS Severn


With over 2000 members, Maryland is one of the largest and most active HIMSS chapters in the nation.  Sponsorships provide a venue to learn, meet new people, and showcase your company’s products and services to Health IT professionals, clinical informaticists, and leaders from health organizations across Maryland.  There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 season.

Click here to learn more about how to become a sponsor!