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The NJ Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (NJHIMSS) is a consortium of healthcare professionals, providers and vendors who are committed to promoting constant improvement in the use of information technology within the healthcare industry. Good communication and setting appropriate expectations between technology developers and healthcare executives results in improved information systems which increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve the quality of healthcare. We offer Education and Sharing Experiences, Introduction to New Technology and Networking with colleagues.


NYHIMSS Webinar - How Are FHIR-Based APIs Changing Healthcare?

Date - July 15, 2020 

Time - 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Registration Link - https://nyshimsschapter.org/meetinginfo.php?id=43&ts=1592871712

Audience: Health providers, nursing, IT staff & leadership, CFOs, DoH, students

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the state of development of open-access APIs within healthcare
  2. Understand how regulatory requirements affect open-access APIs in New York State
  3. Understand the business implications of the availability of open-access APIs


Our moderator will facilitate an interactive discussion on three novel use cases of the HL7® FHIR® standard between our panelists who bring different expert perspectives on the health data exchange standard and its implications. The sessions will then pivot to addressing audience questions on FHIR-based APIs from a regulatory, business and technical perspectives.


Lloyd McKenzie is a Senior Consultant within Gevity Consulting’s Centers Of Excellence group where he acts as the Industry Thought Leader on health data standards. He is a globally recognized expert in HL7® and FHIR® data modeling, design and implementation, with 20 years of experience as an information architect.

Lloyd was one of the three initial developers of the HL7® FHIR® standard and is a co-chair of both the FHIR Management Group and FHIR Infrastructure work group at Health Level Seven International.  He has provided implementation expertise and guidance to numerous clients across the globe on matters of interoperability, including the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator, U.S. Federal Drug Administration, U.S. National Cancer Institute, Canada Health Infoway and with HL7’s Da Vinci project.

Lloyd’s recent focus has been on novel implementations and uses of the FHIR standard. Lloyd regularly teaches on health data standards like FHIR to a wide range of audiences, including on behalf of standards organizations themselves. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

Virginia Lorenzini is a champion of standards-based interoperability and is especially proud of her 26 years of active service to Health Level Seven, an international developer of healthcare interoperability standards.  She also serves as a test monitor for the IHE North American Connectathon.

Virginia has been working in health informatics for almost 3 decades.  As senior technical architect at NewYork-Presbyterian, she has a long history of using standards to solve interoperability problems and serves as subject matter expert on health IT regulations and standards. 

As a faculty member of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, she provides expertise on standards-based interoperability, co-chairs the HL7 FHIR Lab, and directs the Health IT program.

She loves being a part of our NY HIMSS community.

Helen Oscislawski is a corporate and regulatory attorney whose practice for over the last 20 years has focused almost exclusively on advising and representing clients in the health care industry. She cemented her reputation as a prominent privacy and health information technology attorney through decades of developed experience and working hand-in-hand with C-suite executives and in-house general counsels on how to structure and manage complex data-sharing arrangements in compliance with applicable federal and state laws.

She is known to many as a “go to” attorney for legal guidance and advice on HIPAA privacy, security and breaches; 42 CFR Part 2; telehealth & telemedicine; as well as laws regulating the access, use and sharing of medical, health and genetic information, generally. In 2008, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine appointed Helen to the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission (NJ-HITC) to fill the seat designated by statute for “an attorney practicing in this State with demonstrated expertise in health privacy.” In 2010, Governor Christie reappointed Helen to the NJ-HITC for another 2-year term and she was tapped to serve as Chair of the Privacy and Security Committee for the New Jersey HIT Coordinator. Helen is selected to the 2020 “Super Lawyers®” list for Health Care Law in New Jersey issued by Thomson Reuters.  Her firm was also included on the “Best Law Firms” in Health Care Law, Princeton New Jersey list issued by Best Lawyers for 2018-2020. Helen is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Arizona.

Mike O’Neill 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 is Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), and CEO MedicaSoft, overseeing solutions for both government and commercial healthcare clients.

Mike 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.

Thomas Hallisey is the HANYS’ director of healthcare information technology where he formulates and executes HANYS’ state and federal HIT regulatory and legislative advocacy agenda and provides education and collaboration to New York health systems. This includes working with government agencies, lawmakers and other organizations to advance HANYS’ HIT agenda on behalf of New York’s hospitals and health systems.

Tom’s career includes extensive HIT work in the hospital setting, beginning at EMR vendor MEDITECH and culminating in spending nearly 20 years as the CIO at several New York state and Washington, D.C. hospitals. He served as CIO at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, Cortland Regional Medical Center and United Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was executive IT adviser and CIO at Hartman Executive advisers, an IT consulting firm in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.

SPC Webinar - Unique COVID-19 Legal Issues: The Beginning of the Aftermath

Date: Friday July 17th 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Registration Link -  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5411408512106195469


The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world by surprise. Healthcare organizations, providers and vendors in the healthcare space have been forced to adapt to the new and rapidly-changing landscape that the public health emergency has forced upon all of us. This webinar will identify and touch upon some of the legal issues unique to healthcare that have arisen from the pandemic, including credentialing and privileging; HIPAA guidance on contacting former COVID patients about blood and plasma donation; telehealth reliance; remote monitoring; litigation issues; and more. The healthcare industry needs to review and understand these important issues as they reflect upon their handling of the pandemic thus far, preparation for a possible second wave and the new normal facing all of us as we move into the second half of the year.


Deborah A. Cmielewski is a partner with the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP in Florham Park, New Jersey. Debbie advises and counsels healthcare providers and vendors in the health care space in corporate and transactional work, HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, Medicare/Medicaid, fraud and abuse, regulatory and administrative matters and employment counseling. She lectures and publishes frequently on healthcare topics and provides compliance education and training to her clients and various trade associations.

Debbie previously worked as the General Counsel and Compliance Officer of a group purchasing organization for specialty pharmaceuticals, where she was a member of the senior executive team and oversaw the human resources function. She was recognized by NJBIZ in 2015 as a Finalist for General Counsel of the Year in healthcare organizations. Her experience also includes serving as the former Chief of Regulatory Affairs for the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. She has numerous years of experience in commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Once again, Debbie has recently been named to the 2020 list of New Jersey Super Lawyers® list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Healthcare Law.

Bringing the Future into now: Checking Temperature while Social Distancing in the COVID- 19 era

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Time: 12 - 1 PM

Registration Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZWM4MWJmMzgtOWFkMC00NDc0LTgxOTEtNzhmNTU4OGNlYThm%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22fd640b36-270d-4080-8300-181794839062%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22560d6e09-35b1-43a3-8b1a-db0be51f6c81%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d


This will be a collaborative virtual event with both the NY & NJ Chapters.
The discussion will summarize the benefits of the thermal scanners:

  • Mass volume reducing the need for resources required for handheld screening, cleaning, battery changes, re- calibration etc.
  • Safe as no human contact
  • at a high rate with incredible accuracy - within 0.5 degrees
  • scanned in a matter of seconds which moves 6-7 thousand people through entrances everyday
  • drawn and concealed weapon detection (safety)
  • an overview Ai (artificial intelligence) technologies using visual and thermal cameras and future trends.

Featured Speakers:

John Calhoun
John Calhoun is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black-Belt in Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center’s Transformation Hub.  Prior to his current role he served as Project Manager for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Institute for Cancer Care Innovation.  After receiving degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and Biomedical Informatics, John completed his certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black-Belt and Master Black-Belt with the George Group.  During the same period, he served as a Space Shuttle Mission Controller, Crew Trainer, and International Space Station Operations Manager in NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate.  While in the aerospace industry John led projects in engineering, personnel management, training certification and Six Sigma.  He also served as a contract proposal manager for United Space Alliance.  After transitioning to MD Anderson, John partnered with clinical leaders in the Divisions of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Nursing, Cancer Medicine, and Radiation Oncology to implement pathways in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery and in Time Driven Activity Based Costing.  In his current role at Memorial Hermann, and throughout his career, John’s continued to focus on understanding what it takes to manage change effectively, what it takes to develop high performing teams and what it takes to effectively integrate technology into lean and efficient processes.  

Chris Ciabarra   
Chris is CTO and Co-Founder of Athena Security, Inc a Texas based artificial intelligence company that uses computer vision to detect active shooter threats and with the onslaught of COVID 19 elevated temperature detection. From 2010 – 2017 Chris was co-founder and CTO of Revel Systems. Chris developed the technology behind Revel’s award-winning POS system made for Apple iPad. Chris designed Revel Ethernet Connect, which provides failover connections between Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
In 2016, Revel Systems was named the Leading iPad Point of Sale Company during Apple’s Q4 Financial Results Conference Call. Chris also founded Network Intercept, a Los Angeles security software. Chris is also an anti- hacking expert and has provided internet security advice worldwide including the United States Department of Homeland Security. Chris is also a certified Thermographer which is the study of infrared devices and how they work and should be operated. Chris is an award-winning innovator, published author, and member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Dr Michael Chang
Michael Chang, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He also serves as the director of antimicrobial stewardship for pediatrics at UTHealth McGovern Medical School and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Prior to his current position, for 5 years he was the lone pediatric infectious diseases provider for Eastern Oklahoma based at the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, Oklahoma, leading the pediatric infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts there. During that time, the Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit was the first unit within the hospital system to achieve zero central-line associated bloodstream infections for over 1 year. Since joining UTHealth and Memorial Hermann, Dr. Chang has actively participated and developed quality improvement projects and educational programs for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and for UTHealth. He also serves as a core member of the Medical Futures Lab at Rice University, which is dedicated to the study of the intersection of medicine and technology. Dedicated to education, Dr. Chang developed and facilitated the first-ever “crash-course” in human-centered design at McGovern Medical School. Dr. Chang was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award for Pediatric Subspecialties in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and was awarded “Attending of the Year” for 2020 by the Pediatric Residency Program. Further highlighting his focus on education, Dr. Chang frequently represents UTHealth and Memorial Hermann for local and national media outlets, including appearing live on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, to discuss complex topics for the general public.