Nebraska HIMSS Happenings - Winter 2016





Board Transitions for 2016

2015-16 Board of Directors

President: Jean Meiergerd, Franciscan Care Services, West Point
President Elect: Denise Mainquist, ITPAC Consulting
Past President: Anna Turman, Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services
Secretary: Brian Sterud, Faith Regional Health Services
Treasurer: Cindy Vossler, Nebraska Hospital Association, Lincoln
Program Chair: Christopher Henkenius, H4 Technology, LLC, La Vista, Nebraska
Membership Chair: Josh Bittman, H4 Technology
HIE Representative: Lianne Stevens, NEHII

A Note from President-Elect:  Denise Mainquest

As I work with healthcare organizations across Nebraska and beyond, I see the challenges that come with managing PHI and keeping it secure when resources may be limited. The challenges just keep coming, so it is important to stay responsive to risks and vulnerabilities as well as adding new functionality to systems. One of the most valuable ways to accomplish this is to work together and share experiences, concerns and solutions.

HIMSS conferences and especially the Nebraska Chapter consistently provide relevant information and opportunities to stay informed and proactive. I have worked on the program selection committee for the national conference for the past two years and am impressed by the number of quality sessions offered there as well.

I am excited to work with the Nebraska Chapter in a leadership position. Thank you for your confidence in me. 

Denise Mainquist, CISA, CPHIT, PCIP, MLT

2016 National HIMSS Conference & Exhibition - February 29 - March 4, 2016

Some of the industry's brightest minds in health IT have addressed monumental issues in health transformation and will be ready to share them with you at the Views from the Top series at HIMSS16. Listen to top thought leaders as they provide perspectives on key health IT topics:

Care Transformation

  • CMIO and CIO: Partners in Optimization and Transformation
  • How Future-Proof HIT Infrastructure Supports Data Sharing


  • Clinical Informatics Leadership: A Profound Discussion
  • Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons Learned for Aspiring Female Executives

Privacy & Security

  • Moving Targets: Assessing the Security of Mobile Devices in Healthcare


  • Applying Cognitive Computing to Population Health
  • The Promise and the Possibilities of Personalized Medicine

Register Here


HIMSS16 Upper Great Plains Networking Reception

Everyone please join us to celebrate past current and future collaborations with HIMSS Chapters Montana/Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, HIMSS Chapters Networking Reception at HIMSS16. The Midwest is strong lets make it stronger by getting together to network, collaborate, and innovate. HIMSS Great Plains Chapter members Montana/Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska will gather at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas at the Bellini 2103 room to enjoy one and a half hours of socializing with peers and meeting new folks while enjoying and consuming food.

March 1, 2016 from 6:00pm- 7:30pm PT
Non-Member Price: 35.00
Member Price: 0.00
Registration is required for this event. Don’t forget to sign up here – REGISTER!

2016 Communities Open House at HIMSS in Las Vegas

Take this opportunity to see true value in HIMSS membership. Learn about HIMSS Chapters, Communities, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Fellows, Committees, Task Forces, Emerging Professionals and more during this casual and informative open house. Light refreshments will be served.  Last year’s attendance was phenomenal. They ran out of food but not fun.  The Board Members of NEHIMSS would love to see you visit our Nebraska Table for fun games and adventure. 

WHEN: March 2, 2016, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PT
WHERE: Venetian Hotel, Palazzo Ballroom

2015 Fall Meeting and Networking Update

The HIMSS Fall Meeting took place Monday, September 28, 2015 in Omaha at the Nebraska Medical Center.  Over 50 attendees representing hospitals, providers, payers, clinics and vendors were on hand to hear industry experts from across the region explore topics relevant to today’s healthcare technology industry.  The day started with President-elect Tim Pugsley presenting the Past President’s Award to Anna Turman in recognition of her efforts over the past year.  Other speakers included:

  • Cindy Arnold (Wide River), who discussed new Chronic Care Management guidelines
  • Ruth Vineyard (DHHS), who provided an insight on the MMIS project
  • Beth Belmont and Ryan Bojanski, who shared their Davies Award presentation
  • Laura Jana, who provided the Keynote on Intersects, Books, and Buzzwords in relations to Innovation
  • Rachel Houseman and Lianne Stevens, who discussed the state’s PDMP
  • Heather Wood, who shared the state’s technology refresh in terms of the Division of Behavioral Health
  • Mike Freel, who closed the day with a talk on motivating teams for performance

In his closing address, Nebraska HIMSS Program Committee Chair Chris Henkenius called for additional program ideas for the Nebraska HIMSS chapter, as well as speaker input for the Spring Meeting in Kearney.  Ideas and feedback can be sent to, or 402-350-1681.

2015 Fall Meeting

Mike Freel - Presenting to attendees at the Fall Meeting

2015 WINTER CPHIMS Prep Class and Exam

This last year NEHIMSS provided the opportunity to Nebraska HIMSS member and Great Plains HIMSS members to attend a prep class for CPHIMS.  Providing this opportunity close to home allowed those who wanted to certify be able to do so more easily.  There were 12 people who attended the prep class, and about half of those that attended took the CPHIMS test.  The trainer from National HIMSS provided excellent advise and preparation for the test.  Sam King the trainer was very knowledgeable and provided added value to attendees.

The CPHIMS credential will help your career by:

  • Demonstrating you meet an international standard of professional knowledge and competence in healthcare information and management systems
  • Increasing your credibility with your employer
  • Showing a commitment to continuing professional development
  • Enjoying a sense of personal and professional achievements

2016 Upcoming HIMSS Events

The event planning is underway for the Nebraska HIMSS Spring Meeting.  It will be located in the middle of the state.  We encourage those that live miles from Eastern Nebraska to attend and network with many IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around this great state of Nebraska.  This is the time and opportunity to focus on new innovations, opportunities, and progressive solutions to improve healthcare technology.  There will be exceptional education, wonderful speakers, and powerful networking opportunities. More information to come.  Please keep an eye on Nebraska HIMSS website for more details and an opportunity to sign up.

HIMSS16 Nebraska HIMSS Membership

Renew today! For as little as $30, you support a year's worth of educational programming and networking opportunities. These are a few of the benefits of membership. Please join or renew today!