HIMSS Leadership Essentials Institute: Health IT Trends Supporting the Advancement of Leadership

Jun 19, 2015 8:30am - 4:00pm CDT
University of Alabama | Birmingham, AL
Member Cost: $
Non-Member Cost: $

This event is cancelled. We are in the process of issuing refunds. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Van Vossen at mvanvossen@himss.org



University of Alabama – Birmingham
School of Health Professions Executive Learning Center

1705 University Blvd
SHP Building #590K
Birmingham, AL  35294-1212

The HIMSS Leadership Essentials Institute is a one-day, on-site educational program that will provide attendees with the guidance, concepts, and principles needed to help attendees achieve the pinnacle of one's career.

With the possibility of up to four generations simultaneously working in a health IT setting at any one time, emerging health IT leaders and executives need to focus more on the people and the processes that will drive personal, professional, and organization success rather than the technologies. This event will focus on those workforce core competencies, i.e., communication skills, collaboration and teamwork, business acumen, change adaptability, and emotional intelligence, and others that can lead to high performing individuals who can influence high performing teams.

HIMSS believes that this event is the vehicle to prepare tomorrow's health IT leaders and executives today by providing the education, tools, and resources to help them in their leadership journey!

  • Discover the guidance, concepts, and principles required to achieve the pinnacle of one’s career while driving organizational excellence
  • Identify  core leadership competencies necessary to drive personal, professional, and organizational success in order to meet the demands of a constantly evolving industry
  • Articulate the rewards realized by organizations who have optimized processes and revolutionized change
  • Discuss the importance of informed decision making and how it contributes to the positive impact of patient care
  • Realize organizational effectiveness through understanding or the changing dynamics of the workforce


HIMSS Leadership Essentials Institute Health IT Trends Supporting the Advancement of Leadership

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM                                                   
Opening & Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM       
Session 1: Envisioning the Path Forward: Implementing Effective Transformational & Organizational Change
Dr. Jean Ann Larson, FHIMSS, FACHE, DSHS, OCC, Managing Partner, Speaker, Author & Executive Consultant

Creating cultural change is necessary and needed if an organization expects to truly transform care.  While improving care, optimizing processes, and revolutionizing care delivery is difficult work, the rewards are many for the organization that is truly successful.

  • Recognize the components of organizational change
  • Identify ways that you can contribute to transforming both people and processes and yourself
  • Review lessons learned from many years of healthcare leadership experience

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM                

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM                
Session 2: The Changing Dynamics of the Workforce and its Impact on Organizational Effectiveness
Santosh Mohan, MMCi, CPHIMS, Management Fellow,Clinical Transformation, Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, CA

With the possibility of up to four generations simultaneously  working in a health IT setting at any one time, emerging health IT leaders and  executives need to focus more on the people and the processes that will drive personal, professional, and organization success rather than the technologies.  

  • Identify the importance of organizational excellence as experienced through change management
  • Review organizational best practices which achieve results
  • Discuss next steps that each attendee can take to become an agent of change

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 3: Big Data in Healthcare: A Primer
Adele Allison, Director of Provider Innovation Strategies, DST Health Solutions

Big data drives our financial, retail, social networking and many other worlds; and, is now making its debut in healthcare.  As the country moves through reform, reimbursement designs and public transparency will directly link providers to treatment benchmarks, outcomes and patient satisfaction scores.  Explores the use of health IT to measure quality outcomes for tactical, organizational decision-making while understanding how measures are being leveraged to inform the public about clinical quality through provider sourcing sites.  Additional discussion includes how health plans, ACOs and other industry stakeholders are working to leverage clinical data to impact the quality and costs of health care.

  • Form an understanding of how health data is used to gauge provider quality outcomes for reimbursement and public perception.
  • Identify how to leverage health IT and data to measure the impact of interventions, demonstrate quality performance and provide strategic positioning.
  • Differentiate approaches in developing evidence-based clinical interventions by third parties to measure performance.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM                  
Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM                    
Session 4: Women in Leadership
Joan Hicks, CIO, UAB Health System, Jennifer Skjellum, CEO, Runtime Computing Solutions and TechBirmingham, and Nancy Dunlap, Physician-in-Residence, Centers for Best Practice, Health Division at National Governors Association

While women comprise over 60% of college students and hold the top position at some of the world’s most successful companies, they are still underrepresented in healthcare and technology leadership roles.   A recent article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the discussions may have begun to shift away from debates about “men vs. women” and more toward “gender balance”.  This panel will focus on the leadership lessons of several of the most influential women leaders in the Birmingham region, how the leadership landscape is changing and how more women can become part of the leadership shift.

  • Discuss progress women have made in the healthcare workforce
  • Examine some of the differences in how men and women work
  • Discuss what a path to a more gender-balanced leadership team might look like and the steps necessary to ensure these teams come to fruition. 

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM                   

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM       
Session 5: From Kumbaya to a Root Canal: Guidance on Launching a Startup and Succeeding as an Entrepreneur
Ivo Nelson, FHIMSS, CEO and Chairman, Next Wave Health

Launching a company can validate your vision, insights, and creativity in ways that no other business can.  This session gives an honest and straightforward look at what it takes to be an entrepreneur and some lessons learned over the course of launching several $100M businesses that have turned in to lasting legacies. 

  • Determine whether you’ve got what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
  • Identify what you should expect from yourself, your people, and the company culture you create.
  • Discover how to pivot, adapt, listen, change course and still move forward.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM                   
Closing Remarks

*This program is approved for up to 5.0 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).

Hotel and Travel Information                                                                         

The hotels listed below are within walking distance of the event.  When making reservations, ask for the UAB rate. 

Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB
821 20th Street South
Call (205) 731-9595 and indicate EMSC Group Rate – includes breakfast

DoubleTree Hotel                                                   
808 20th Street South
(205) 933-9000 – indicate the UAB Business Rate

Spring Hill Suites by Marriott                                            
2040 4th Avenue South                                                                       
(205) 322-8600 – Ask for the UAB rate

The Courtyard by Marriott                                     
1820 5th Avenue South
(205) 254-0004 – Ask for UAB rate



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