Winter 2019 Newsletter

What’s Happening in Maryland Health IT ?

In this issue :

  • 2018 MDHIMSS Extraordinary Woman Leader Named

  • Giving back to our community: learn about our Charity Program

  • Leadership Academy Opportunities; time to invest in you

  • Educational Event Summaries - for anything you missed, materials, speakers & more

  • Professional Development Support

  • HIMSS 19 Networking





What’s Happening in Maryland Health IT ?    1

From the President 

Women in Health IT

Networking & Leadership

Community Outreach


Professional Development Corner

Educational Events

Winter Educational Event    10

Fall Educational Event    11

HIMSS19 MD/VA Networking Event in Orlando

2019 Golf Event

Upcoming HIMSS Events

2018-2019 Sponsors

From the President

2018 was full of a many new firsts for our Chapter and I am truly looking forward to all that 2019 has in store for us. It has been a busy few months and we have several milestones to celebrate. Here are some highlights:

  • Over 50 members joined us for the Fall Social Event at the new Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House. This facility is state of the art and a first for the US.

  • Many of you joined us ‘On the Farm’ for our Family Event in September; we were so honored to meet your support system and enjoy some apple cider, a hay-ride and get some pumpkins.

  • Named our Charity Partner - Helping Up Mission

  • In November, we honored Ms. Tressa Springmann, SVP & CIO Lifebridge Health as the 2018 Extraordinary Women Leader

  • The Inaugural Women in Health IT Event was a huge hit. 200+ leaders gathered together for an evening of networking, dining and gaining insight from local executives. We were delighted to have the keynote address delivered by Stephanie Reel, CIO and SVP; Vice Provost, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. We also drew upon the experiences of other successful women health care executives to share leadership insight by facilitating breakout sessions - Crucial Conversation Techniques, Developing Winning Strategy, Effective C-Suite Conversations, Negotiating the Desired Outcome and more.

  • Many members joined us for our Holiday Social Event, open to both Maryland and DC/VA Chapters, held at Union Jack’s British Pub at Rio Center in Gaithersburg, MD.

  • As we seek to provide additional support to our members around the unique programs/policies in Maryland - we hosted our Winter Educational event on “ Total Cost of Care”.  An opportunity for 150+ leaders that came together to further explore Maryland’s unique, value based health care transformation leveraging our innovative Total Cost of Care model. Speakers shared benefits and unique components of the program, some organizational lessons learned on resource alignment, as well as how CRISP data is helping measure the value.

  • 125 legislators, members and new members gathered in Annapolis at the start of the legislative session for our Annual Advocacy Event.  Our theme this year was "Health IT: Access to Information – Access to Care"

  • Over 150 members from Virginia & Maryland joined our Chapter Reception at the Global HIMSS19 Conference in February; special thanks to Nuance for hosting us!

  • Additional vendor sponsors have joined our Chapter, passionate about the work we are doing for the local chapter.  I am humbled and truly grateful for all that you have helped us accomplish.

Be sure not to miss our upcoming events -

  • March - Maryland HIMSS/CHIME Leadership Academy

  • April - Spring Educational Event

  • May - Annual Golf Outing & Social Event

It is truly my pleasure to serve you and the chapter,

Karen Marie Wilding

President, Maryland HIMSS


Women in Health IT

The Maryland Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS) Chapter announced the recipient of the MDHIMSS Extraordinary Women Leaders in Health IT Award during their inaugural Women in Health IT event, held at the BWI Westin in November 2018. With over 200 attendees present - Tressa Springmann, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at LifeBridge Health, was recognized for her transformational leadership, demonstration of effectively using information and technology in support of the strategic initiatives of her organization and within our local communities, and her dedication in mentoring women in this industry. “We were impressed with the number of nominations for the Women Leader in Health IT Award.  The ability to recognize extraordinary women leaders in our community is important and we are delighted to highlight Tressa for all her accomplishments and contributions not only to healthcare, but to our culture” said Anna Schoenbaum, Chair of Professional Development for the Maryland HIMSS Chapter and the Enterprise Director of Clinical Systems at the University of Maryland Medical System.

In our mission to improve health through the best use of information and technology, HIMSS is committed to advancing the careers of high-performing professionals. The HIMSS Women in Health IT Roundtable and Maryland Chapter work to address the gender gap in health information and technology, and the need for more community, resources and recognition of women who have made a difference sector-wide.

“We know that women are minorities in the boardroom and c-suite and even more so within the technology industry.  The HIMSS Women in Health IT is a global roundtable that we are pleased to bring locally. Tressa exemplifies the qualities of an extraordinary leader and has remained a constant force for Health IT advocacy in Maryland for many years; it’s a privilege to honor her.” Said Karen Marie Wilding President of the Maryland HIMSS Chapter and Senior Director of Quality & Value Based Care at UMMS.  “Tressa realizes the role of CIO should be part of driving the strategic decision-making process. As one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of health-related services to the people of Maryland, LifeBridge Health draws on Tressa’s expertise and leadership to help us chart a trajectory of continued growth and success.” said Neil Meltzer, President & CEO of LifeBridge Health.

Attendees were moved by the keynote address, delivered by Stephanie Reel, CIO and Senior Vice President; Vice Provost, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

We are also thrilled to have drawn upon the experiences of other successful women health care executives to share leadership insight by facilitating breakout sessions on talent growth topics:

  • Salliann Alborn, CEO, Maryland Community Health System

  • Jennifer Maher, VP, Enterprise Analytics & Business Development, MedStar Health

  • Genevieve Morris, Founder, Integral Health Strategies, Former Chief Health Information Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs & Principal Deputy National Coordinator, ONC, HHS

  • Tressa Springmann, SVP & VP & CIO, LifeBridge Health

  • Paula Widerlite, Chief Strategy Officer, Anne Arundel Medical Center



Networking & Leadership

In partnership with CHIME, the Maryland HIMSS Chapter will be hosting a 1st ever, multi-track leadership academy. Designed for leaders currently in senior management or emerging leaders seeking to take their role to the next level, this curriculum is modeled on the highly successful CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp™. This program’s leadership content is specifically tailored for individuals to gain the real-world skills necessary for today’s environment.

March 6th 8AM-5PM

  • CMIO/CHIO Leadership Academy

  • Cybersecurity Academy

March 7th 8AM-5PM

  • Leadership Academy

Taught by a faculty of healthcare CIOs and CMIOs, this one-day program features a collaborative teaching methodology combining presentations, small group discussions, case study analysis, progressive problem solving, and personal mentoring.  Reserve your Spot


During Fall of 2018, MD HIMSS Networking and Leadership committee hosted Chris Donovan, Executive Director Enterprise Analytics at Cleveland Clinic, to speak at our invitation-only CXO Roundtable Discussion “Operationalizing Analytics” on Monday, September 17, at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Doordan Institute.

The event afforded a great opportunity for local area CXOs to engage with someone who is leading the vanguard of health IT analytics, with the goal of understanding how to export the success of Cleveland Clinic to Maryland healthcare provider facilities.  Discussion was lively and engaging, with CXO representation from around the state. MD HIMSS continues to look for high-impact thought leaders in health IT to give Maryland CXOs inspiration to do more.

Feel free to contact us if you have any question,

Ravi Singh, Chair,

Phil Campbell, Co-Chair,

Henry Archibong, Co-Chair,


Community Outreach

We are thrilled to announce the Charity Program recipient for 2018-2019 as Helping Up Mission (HUM), a Greater Baltimore nonprofit providing hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

During the recent Maryland HIMSS Educational Event, the Community Outreach Program Committee presented Martha Robison, Philanthropy Officer and Brett Hartnett, Education and Workforce Development Administrator and former HUM participant, with the news that their organization was selected to receive $2,500 for educational software preparing men to obtain their Maryland High School diploma (GED prep) and procure tablets for the purpose of men re-entering the workforce becoming proficient with the most up-to-date technology.

“As an organization supporting Maryland’s healthcare transformation and the expansion of access to quality care, the Maryland HIMSS Community Outreach Program Committee felt strongly about funding an association whose mission was to assist individuals with their overall health needs,” shared Kyle Swarts, Board Member and Chair, Community Outreach Committee, Maryland HIMSS Chapter. “In a world where we are fighting battles of addiction, poverty and homelessness, we are certain that this donation will help the hundreds who participate in the Helping Up Mission experience.”

“Bridging the gap of healthcare for those in need is a challenge; we have a great responsibility to improve the overall health of our community.  With our commitment to promote and collaborate grassroots efforts that advance health with the use of technology, Maryland HIMSS is hoping to make an impact on those men and women who land in the helping hands at Helping Up Mission,” stated Karen Marie Wilding, President, Maryland HIMSS Chapter.

“We are beyond grateful for the generous donation from Maryland HIMSS.  Our mission is transformation, and we believe that the steady stream of support we receive allows Helping Up Mission to grow strategically – ensuring ever more men and women will receive integrated healthcare, basic life needs, counseling and education, workforce training and life skills,” says Martha Robison, Philanthropy Officer, Helping Up Mission. “With this gift, we will experience increased capacity in the number of patients served, improved health care outcomes, and improved client outcomes in drug and alcohol recovery.”

The Maryland Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) mission and vision aligns to the core values and attributes of HUM. Consistent with our local and national agenda, HUM assists with:

  • Supporting Healthcare Transformation

  • Expanding Access to High Quality Care

  • Increasing Economic Opportunity

  • Making Communities Healthier



This year, our theme for the annual Advocacy Day in Annapolis Maryland was: “Health IT: Access to Information – Access to Care".  This year’s event focused on how access to the right information at the right time can help provide access to care. We explored a number of policy-related topics including those related to telehealth, virtual care, the future of digital health in Maryland, coordinated care, and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Attendees had the opportunity to meet and network with invited legislators from the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate during our evening event.

This years' 90-day legislative session is set to have a fast start; as of Jan. 9th, with numerous bills already being drafted for introduction; many that will impact healthcare. Looking ahead, we are always seeking members to join us in being a resource to our legislators by helping to further educate and provide resourceful information related to healthcare IT.

Johns Hopkins policy team provided perspectives on Health IT challenges and opportunities.  Thanks to Dwight Raum, VP of Information Technology & Chief Technology Officer, Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University and Aalok Shah, Director of Product Management for the Johns Hopkins inHealth Precision Medicine Initiative for leading this for us. Sally McMillan Guy, Associate Director of State Affairs provided insights around Public Policy Pathways to Promoting Telemedicine in Maryland and Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler, Associate Professor, Medical Director of Telemedicine shared the Medical View: Telemedicine Use Cases for Underserved Maryland Populations.

Of interest to many, Telehealth from the Front Lines: Public School Nursing was a session hosted by Diann Rocha, MSN, RN, HCPSS Cluster Nurse / Telehealth RN, Ducketts Lane Elementary School and Sharon Hobson, MSN, CPNP-PC – School Health Programs Administrator, Howard County Health Department.

Finally, we had a formidable reaction panel on policy opportunities to create better access to information and better access to care via Health IT.  The below individuals provided invaluable insights to all attendees.

  • Dr. Ross Martin, Facilitator

  • Craig Behm, Executive Director, CRISP Maryland

  • Kate Jackson, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Manager, Maryland Department of Health

  • Nicole Majewski, MHCC Electronic Prescription Records System Workgroup, Maryland Health Care Commission

  • Sharon Rodriguez, Portfolio Manager, MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center (MTIC)

  • Colin Ward - VP of Population Health and Clinical Integration, Upper Chesapeake Health System

Professional Development Corner

There are multiple professional development opportunities offered through National HIMSS. For this newsletter, we will be highlight a few of the offerings.  

HIMSS Member Discount: Project Management Institute (PMI) Online Courses

PMI offers online learning opportunities in every area of project and program management skill development and as a HIMSS member you are able to receive a discount!

HIMSS Approved Education Partners

If you are considering pursuing additional educational opportunities, also be sure to check out our HIMSS Approved Education Partners. All of these organizations have met our rigorous standards for effective health information and technology education.

For more information, contact

Anna E. Schoenbaum

Professional Development Chair


Educational Events

We’ve been busy and it’s been terrific to see you at all of our events; below are some highlights! Be Sure to grab your seat for Spring!

Spring Educational Event - Coordinating Care Across the Continuum


Winter Educational Event

On Wednesday Jan 9th 2019, we held an educational event day in Clarksville, Maryland on Maryland’s Progress on the Innovative Total Cost of Care Model. We explored Maryland’s unique, value based health care transformation leveraging the Total Cost of Care Model that was put in place on January 1, 2019. Traci La Valle, Vice President of the Maryland Hospital Association, discussed the Maryland Total Cost of Care Model. Dr. Stacy Garrett-Ray, Vice President and UMMS Medical Director of Population Health Service, and President of Quality Care Network, gave a great talk on providing care in the Total Cost of Care Environment and the important role of provider collaboration. Our state HIE, CRISP, presented on their data reporting for the Maryland Total Cost of Care Model and Megan Maguire, the Senior Director for reporting and Analytics with CRISP, reviewed the role the HIE would play in providing data and working with healthcare organizations and providers. To end the day, we had a lively presentation by Jim Scheulen, the Administrator for the Johns Hopkins Hospital, on the Johns Hopkins Command Center Model and how it has helped achieve efficiencies within the healthcare system.

Fall Educational Event

Another great event discussing analytics to evaluate and improve upon the patient experience. Learned from the varying perspectives of the CEO of National Spine and Pain Centers to executives at LifeBridge Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

HIMSS19 MD/VA Networking Event in Orlando

We were fortunate to have many, many of you join us - here are pictures of the event!

2019 Golf Event

Join Us for Our 9th Annual Maryland HIMSS Golf Tournament on Monday May 13, 2019

Hosted at one of the most beautiful courses in the area, Hayfields Country Club, 700 Hayfields Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030 has hosted six Champion PGA Tour events.  It will serve as the perfect place for you to enjoy a wonderful day of golf and entertainment, while providing ample time to interact with current and potential customers from the Healthcare industry.

Annual - Spring Maryland HIMSS Golf Event



Upcoming HIMSS Events

Maryland HIMSS & CHIME Leadership Academy

Spring Educational Event - Coordinating Care Across the Continuum

Annual - Spring Maryland HIMSS Golf Event

Spring Social Event - Diamondback Brewing Company with Brick and Fire Pizza Truck


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 2018 – 2019 season.

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


We hope you enjoyed this issue!