Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS


Dear NOHIMSS Member,
I wanted to make sure you heard the exciting announcement from Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS about the Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit on May 13-15, 2019 in Cleveland. Join the Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS to be part of the largest independent patient experience conference in the world, attracting attendees from 47 states and 35 countries in 2018. Built by the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic team, the summit is the preferred gathering of clinical thought leaders, providers and organizations committed to strengthening empathy and technology to deliver the best clinical, physical and emotional experience to all patients.

As a HIMSS Chapter partner of the 2019 Patient Experience Summit, I'd like to personally invite you to join this inspiring event with a $200 registration discount. Visit and use
discount code HIMSSChapt200 when prompted on the registration page. Hope to see you there!

Jonathan Levoy, President, NOHIMSS






Digital Health
The Great Equalizer


2019 NOHIMSS Spring Conference

DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019
TIME: 7:30am to 4:00pm
LOCATION: HIMSS Innovation Center, Cleveland

Free Parking Included
Breakfast/Lunch Included



Peter Rasmussen, MD
Medical Director of Distance Health
Cleveland Clinic


Digital Health; current state realities and future state possibilities




Harun Rashid

Akron Children’s Hospital


Virtual Health and Digitization





7:30-8:30 Registration/Breakfast/Networking
8:30-8:45 Opening remarks NOHIMSS President
8:45-9:45 Morning Keynote: Dr. Rasmussen-Cleveland Clinic
9:45-10:15 Networking Break
10:15-11:45 Sessions
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Sessions
2:00-2:30 Networking Break
2:30-3:30 Afternoon Keynote: Harun Rashid-Akron Children’s
3:30-4:00 Closing Remarks





Congratulations - New FHIMSS Member

Dear Members of Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS (NOHIMSS),


I and the NOHIMSS Board would like to recognize and CONGRATULATE…….Barb Bungard on achieving the designation of FHIMSS (Fellow Member of HIMSS)!! This is a great accomplishment and honor that is bestowed in recognition of Barb’s service, professional participation, job experience, publications, and presentations as a member of HIMSS.

Barb Bungard, RN, MSN, CPHIMS has been a dedicated part of the NOHIMSS Board for many years and is currently the elected Secretary for the NOHIMSS Board of Directors and the NOHIMSS Website Administrator. Barb works for Akron Children’s Hospital where she is the Manager of Epic Applications & IT Regulatory Operations where her responsibilities include: Managing Epic ASAP, HIMS, OpTime/Anesthesia, Care Everywhere Applications. Responsible for Collaboration with Clinical Informaticists & Epic Build Team to Support Clinical Decision Support, Responsible for Meaningful Use, TJC and other regulatory related initiatives. Barb also participates in the Ohio Meaningful Use Networking Group.

Barb joins Chris Hudak, Ph.D., RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS (Chair, Education Committee) and Brent Hicks, CPHIMS, FHIMSS (Member At-Large) as other FHIMSS Fellow’s that are currently serving on the NOHIMSS Board of Directors. We are so very proud of all these members of our Board and are very excited to have another one of our hard working and dedicated Board Members achieve the FHIMSS designation.

Congratulations Barb and thank you for everything that you do for the NOHIMSS Board and its Membership!


Jonathan Levoy


Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS




Congratulations to Mercy Health - HIMSS Davies Award Winner

Mercy Health will be recognized at the 2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, which takes place February 11-15 in Orlando, Florida.

Learn more about how Mercy Health has embraced the value of health information and technology: explore three award-winning use cases.

Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor will be speaking at the Cross Border Health Foundation Opioid Summit on 9/24 in D.C. to discuss U.S.-Canada relations to address the opioid epidemic. Hal Wolf, HIMSS CEO will be moderating the panel. Lt. Governor Taylor’s two sons have struggled with an addiction to opioids, so this issue is near and dear to her heart.

NOHIMSS Board of Directors and Committee Members for 2018-2019


Elected Officers    
NameNOHIMSS Board PositionCompanyTitleCertifications
Jonathan LevoyChapter PresidentOptimum Healthcare ITRegional Director, Client Services 
Barb BungardSecretaryAkron Children's HospitalManager of Regulatory IT Operations, Epic ASAPRN, MSN, CPHIMS
Greg SankerTreasurerKeyBank Commercial BankingVP, Enterprise Healthcare Banker 
Frank LongleyPresident-ElectCleveland ClinicIT Services & Solutions PartnerMBA, PMP, BRMP
Tony CaponiPast-PresidentRecruitIQ StaffingDivision Vice President 
Appointed Directors    
NameNOHIMSS Board PositionCompanyTitleCertifications
Tony CaponiChair, Programs RecruitIQ Staffing Division Vice President 
John PaganiniChair, Marketing & CommunicationsPaguar InformaticsPresidentMBA, CPHIMS
Amy LibertyChair, SponsorshipsStaffing Solutions EnterprisesDirector, StaffMatrix On-Site Services 
Christine HudakChair, EducationKent State UniversityProfessor & Program Coordinator, Health InformaticsPh.D., RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
 Alex LalukChair, Membership St Vincent Charity Medical Center System Analyst 
Larry VoytenChair, AdvocacyIoT DirectionsChief Strategist 
Tanya Arthur

At-Large (East)

Chair, Strategic Planning

Summa HealthCIO 
Pete KandisAt-Large (East)Aultman HospitalExecutive Director, Customer & Physician Services 
TBDAt-Large (West)   
Donna GrahamAt-Large (Open Area)The MetroHealth SystemExecutive Director, Revenue Cycle 
Giuseppe DilulioAt-Large (Greater Cleveland)Blue Chip Consulting GroupDirector of Business Development 
John ShanahanAt-Large (Greater Cleveland)University HospitalsDirector of Cancer Informatics 
Michelle BambauerAt-Large (Greater Cleveland)University HospitalsManager, IT Clinical ApplicationsMSN, RN
Ashish MasihAt-Large (Greater Cleveland)The MetroHealth SystemDirector, Business ApplicationsFACHE, CPHIMS
Brent HicksAt-LargeCleveland Clinic CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Ramon ClaytonStudent Board MemberStudent  
Appointed Committee Members   
Committee MembersCommittees CompanyTitleCertifications
Brenda Sue RussellSponsorships Committee MemberUniversity Hospitals- CMC SeidmanChemotherapy Orders SpecialistMSN, RN-BC
David KissingerAdvocacy Committee MemberCity of MaumeeCouncilpersonRN
Joo Hyun HaEducation Committee MemberFirelands Regional Medical CenterClinical Informatics Pharmacist 





NOHIMSS & Kent State University Health Informatics Program Webinar Series

Call for Presenters 2018-2019


Third Wednesday of Every Month, 12:00 PM Live

Archived on HI Pulse on YouTube for future viewing

1 hour of CAHIMS/CPHIMS credit for each webinar attended

Credit available for one year after original date


We are seeking presenters for our monthly webinar series in Health Informatics. The purpose of the series is threefold: 1) bring topics of real world relevance to graduate students in Health Informatics to supplement their classroom experience; 2) provide an opportunity for members of NOHIMSS to engage with the students for potential networking, internships and employment; 3) provide an avenue for earning CPHIMS/CAHIMS credit for members of the NOHIMSS Chapter.

If you would like to share your knowledge with your peers and students, please respond to this call for presenters by September 30, 2018 end of day.


Presenter Guidelines:

  • Presentations are limited to 50 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions and answers.
  • You may do the presentation from the comfort of your home and/or office. No need to travel to Kent.
  • Presentations will be in webinar format. KSU will provide the WebEx platform and will be responsible for archiving the presentations and delivering CPHIMS/CAHIMS certificates.
  • All members that are interested in presenting are invited and encouraged to submit a presentation proposal. Please keep in mind that the presentation should be educational in nature so the CPHIMS/CAHIMS can be awarded and the students can receive academic credit.
  • Topics that are unique, innovative, or represent current issues in health information technology are sought. We also want to involve as many types of organizations as possible.
  • If selected, you will be contacted by a graduate assistant at KSU to finalize a date and details of your presentation.
  • Your live presentation will be recorded and will be uploaded to the HI Pulse YouTube channel for future viewing.
  • A small token of our gratitude will be presented.
  • If you work for an organization that sells an HIT product or service, the description of your company, logo and contact information must be limited to the last slide only to support the mission of enhancing professional knowledge through education. You are also encouraged to partner with a co-presenter from a Healthcare organization.
  • If selected, you will be required to your final slide presentation for review prior to the event as is required to offer CAHIMS/CPHIMS CEUs to our chapter members.



Presentation Date are: 09/19/18, 10/17/18, 11/28/18 (due to Thanksgiving holiday), 12/19/18, 01/16/19, 02/20/19, 03/20/19, 04/17/19, 05/15/19, 06/19/19, 07/17/19, 08/21/19, and 09/18/19


Please submit the form on the next page via email to:

Christine A. Hudak, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Professor & Concentration Coordinator

Kent State University



Ms. Beth Savage

Graduate Assistant

Kent State University















Membership Update

We are 1,300 members strong — up from 1,100 as of June 2014.  If you would like to become a new member and belong to HIMSS affiliated organization, you can join for free via the HIMSS Organizational Affiliate Membership Sign-Up Page.  Note that you must use a valid work or school email to take advantage of this great offer.  NOHIMSS affiliate organizations include Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Lake Health, Southwest General Health Center, Summa Health System, The MetroHealth System, University Hospitals, Cuyahoga Community College and John Carroll University. For a full list organizations, visit the HIMSS Organizational Affiliate Directory

If you do not belong to an HIMSS affiliated organization, you can select an individual membership option on the JoinHIMSS page. National HIMSS membership is offered at $199 which includes membership to NOHIMSS.  Chapter-Only and student members are available for $39 and students for $30.  Affiliates are automatically renewed with their organization; others will be reminded annually.   New members can request a mentor via email with MENTOR in the subject line.  If you have additional questions, please contact us at AskNOHIMSS


HIMSS Grant Assistance for Veterans

If you are an active duty person who is interested in Health IT or a veteran looking to advance please go to the national HIMSS website at HIMSS Veterans Career Services Initiative.  Please contact Amy Justice  who has a grant to help veterans and is a veteran herself.  Also see bottom of this page for a feature on a fellow veteran.


Health Information Exchange

We are proud of our member contributions that helped make Ohio one of the nation’s best Health Information Exchanges – 90% of hospitals have joined an exchange. The CliniSync Health Information Exchange now has 149 hospitals contracted, more than 117 “live” sending results and reports directly to physicians and other providers, more than 400 long-term and post-acute care facilities, and independent physicians in over 1,200 practices. 


NOHIMSS Sponsorships

If you are considering sponsoring an event, please see our Sponsor Page. For a list of our current sponsors, visit our Current Sponsors Page