Jaime B Parent, FCHIME, CPHIMS, is associate CIO and vice president of information services at Rush University Medical Center. He also serves as assistant professor, health systems management, College of Health Sciences at Rush University. A retired lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Biomedical Services Corp, Parent is a current member of the Veterans Career Services Advisory Council, and served as the chair for the first 18 months of the program.
HIMSS: Please describe your current involvement with HIMSS and its benefits.
Parent: I am the past chair of the Veterans Advisory Council, a group of about a dozen volunteers who are veterans or folks that have the heart to help veterans. Our mission is to advance, and in some instances, create the dialogue for the role military veterans play in filling critical health IT needs now and in the foreseeable future.
HIMSS: Please describe your experience as a member of the Veterans Career Services Advisory Council.
Parent: As with any new initiative, we’ve seen excitement and taken positive steps toward progress. In addition to creating awareness through education and webinars, at HIMSS15, we held an incredible all-day workshop bringing in veterans from across the country to take part in what can best be described as a movement. Our engaging speakers, solid vendor support, and ability to give information and create opportunities for veterans was a smashing success. HIMSS has invited us back for 2016, where we will again further the cause and provide more valuable resources to veterans from all walks of life and all corners of the country.
HIMSS: How can veterans benefit from involvement with HIMSS?
Parent: Being involved in HIMSS is a great way for military veterans to continue the service they began with their military careers. The military training, character, values and honor are the perfect fit for healthcare information technology and HIMSS is the perfect facilitator for those military veterans who want to continue serve in this way.
HIMSS: What can veterans expect when attending HIMSS16?
Parent: HIMSS16 will continue to be 100 percent veteran-focused and will expand upon the movement that began at HIMSS15. There will be more opportunities for military veterans to carve out their own careers in health IT, as well as being able to connect with a variety of resources, vendors and experts in the field who recognize the transitioning challenges facing veterans. In short, veterans will get the specific answers they need from veterans who have successfully made the transition themselves and can provide lessons learned and straight answers.
Learn more about “A Hero’s Welcome to Health IT,” and the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which will take place on Monday, Feb. 29 through Friday, March 4, in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Venetian-Palazzo Sands Expo & Conference Center.