By Tom Mitchell, VP Marketing and Communications/Board Member

With the HIMSS mission of “Better Health Through Information and Technology”, the TN HIMSS Board of Directors held its annual retreat in late January.

Facilitated by Ankura, the TN HIMSS Board retreat agenda focused on providing member value through all activities and conducted reviews on events, the annual conference – the Summit of the Southeast, communications, the Ambassador program and though leadership analysis. All of these efforts support the key tenets of the chapter – Professional Growth, Workforce Development and Advocacy.

TN HIMSS is a diverse and unique chapter; it’s one of the largest and most active in the nation. Statistically broken down our chapter consists of:

It goes without saying the Board also celebrated the successes of 2018 from the Annual Summit of the Southeast to the Workforce Accelerator program, with the excitement and focus centering on the TN chapter’s recognition of being named the Large Chapter of Year and Past President Tommy Lewis being named Chapter Leader of the Year. Those are two key distinctions of which the chapter, it’s Board and sponsors can all celebrate!

According to Chapter President Eric Thrailkill, “We will move from strategic planning to strategy execution and sharpen our focus for the next year to ensure we exceed the expectations of our members, continue to establish TN HIMSS as THE thought leader in healthcare information and technology and continue to engage the community in health and healthcare innovation.”

In fact, much of the discussion and planning centered on the chapter’s alignment with HIMSS’ five strategic goals:

Moving forward, look for more news from the Board of Directors regarding more activities and ways to engage yourself as a member for your professional growth and development, as well as ways to network, expand your education and fuel your knowledge.

A sketch mapping the entire day’s Board Retreat demonstrates the amount of work completed and ideas put forth by the Board. This is a starting point and our roadmap for the rest of the year, with much left to do. We are eager to continue our work now that the national conference is completed.

A big “Thank You” goes out to our sponsors! Without them we could not achieve the goals set forth in the chapter as the provide the resources and financial means to conduct many of our educational events and activities.

Also, the Board would like to thank all of our members for continuing to be the impetus for which we operate and build our passion of serving healthcare around. The vision of HIMSS — Globally, lead endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information and technology – could not be achieved without the collective and collaborative involvement of our members and sponsors working in unison.