Welcome to the Greater Kansas City (formerly Heart of America) HIMSS Chapter

October 2017 

HIMSS 7 Journey: A quest that provides growth

by Andrea Hall and Christina Hiatt


As a department leader, you think you have an idea of what goes on in your facility. You have meetings where you discuss how things should work, and dream up beautiful patient care scenarios where relaxed nurses take care of patients participating in their care. You imagine them referencing their EMR often, abandoning all pieces of paper years before and utilizing the EMR as their “ultimate source of truth.” Then you start a HIMSS 7 Journey, hoping to showcase your beautiful facility and their complete adoption of a paperless world where they utilize data to drive outcomes. And you realize how far off you were.

HIMSS 7: Why do we care...
Because our patients come first. HIMSS stage 7 is awarded to institutions with a complete EMR and who use data to improve patient care.  Stage 7 hospitals use a mixture of discrete data, and medical images within the EMR to drive their patient outcomes. They share their data through standardized electronic transactions, and embrace positive patient identification with things like medication and blood product scanning. While a bedside nurse may struggle with the why behind a certification, they never struggle with why behind better patient care.



Recent Chapter Achievements:

  • Provided 20 hours of Healthcare IT education to over 1,800 individuals
  • Directly engaging our health system members to increase their participation by:
    • Engaging CIO’s and other management for direction of relevant topics for education
    • Providing education events that add value and direction to all of their associates
    • Adding clinical informatics education events driven by members
  • 160+ new members added
  • Increased board engagement: held 10 Board Meetings a year with a quorum present.
  • Increased engagement of committee’s member's participation and started mentoring future board member

First Fundraising Event:

The May 25th event, Telemedicine and Precision Medicine: From Rhetoric to Results, was a huge success! Many thanks to all the attendees and sponsors who participated and attended our event at Boulevard Brewery.  We had over 100 attendees and raised $3,500.00 for Noah's Bandage Project.  Many thanks to the HOA Board and Committee Members and Jake Jacobson!


Partner with the Greater KC HIMSS Chapter

The HIMSS Heart of America Chapter (soon to be Greater KC Chapter) represents Greater Kansas City and surrounding areas. Our Chapter is proud to support nearly 900 members in the greater Kansas City area. Our membership is diverse with nearly 65% of members representing healthcare institutions and hospitals of all sizes. We consistently hold education and networking events each year. It is a great way to network and share what services or products that you represent. More importantly, you will gain knowledge on what is going on in healthcare here locally and be involved in our community efforts to educate and provide networking opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime.  If your company is interested you can find more information by Clicking here for sponsorship details and form 

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Our Chapter was recently awarded the prestigious Advocate Level of Advocacy Award.  

For more information on the award you can visit this website.

Heart of America Award