Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS

KSU NOHIMSS Webinar Series: Improving Quality of Care via Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Wednesday, February 21st from 12-1

 Presented by: Darlene Morris, MBA, CIPP, Senior Director of Development, Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, RI

Health Information Exchanges (HIE) were developed to collect and disseminate patient health records and make sharing of this information available to improve quality of care. This presentation will feature the services offered to healthcare providers and patients via the Rhode Island statewide HIE, including near real-time hospital and emergency department admission and discharge alerting. Since 2015 the Rhode Island Quality Institute has been measuring the impact of these alerts on reducing hospital and emergency department admissions. The presentation will also focus on the ways the HIE is being used to get behavioral health information in the hands of emergency room doctors through an interface with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). By seamlessly offering substance abuse data in the electronic medical record (EMR) without the need to access a separate system, these providers have what they need to make treatment and medication decisions right at the point of care, available in seconds.

Learning objectives:

·Describe the structure and purpose of the Rhode Island statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

·Describe the services available to healthcare providers and individuals through use of the HIE.

·Describe how sharing behavioral health information can impact patient health outcomes and save time/burden for providers who need to access this data.

·Describe how the HIE in Rhode Island is being used to reduce unnecessary hospital readmission and emergency department return visits.

Darlene Morris, MBA, CIPP is the Senior Director of Development & Grants at Rhode Island Quality Institute in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to managing the grant acquisition and major donor programs, she is currently leading the Rhode Island Practice Transformation Network, which is part of a CMS Innovation Center initiative known as the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). Her team serves over 1,500 primary and specialty care clinicians in the state helping them to increase care quality and prepare for payment reform. Darlene has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare field performing roles in technology, quality improvement, and information privacy. Previously, she served as the information systems quality assurance manager and HIPAA privacy officer for a clinical laboratory where she led a lab interface team. She also has extensive experience in quality improvement, serving as QI coordinator and human rights officer in a community mental health center. Darlene earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems, graduating summa cum laude from Roger Williams University and a master’s of business administration (MBA) with an organizational leadership concentration from Johnson & Wales University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

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NOHIMSS Spring Conference - May 18th, Location:Corporate College, Warrensville Heights 

Call for Presenters Submission Deadline: February 26th 

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Exchanging the Data: Risks, Benefits, Conundrums


Data Driven Issues in Today’s Health Care


The NOHIMSS Spring Conference will focus on the benefits, risks and problems associated with sharing and exchanging protected patient data.

  • How do share the data with others? Should we exchange data?

  • How do we analyze the data now once we acquire it?

  • Who and how regulates the data? What standards should be applied?

  • How can we use the data to deliver cost effective, efficient, safe and quality care to patient in all venues?

  • How can we keep the data safe?

The conference will have four tracks as seen below. Topics relating to data security and use of data in research will anchor the lunch and closing sessions.

Do not miss an opportunity to present at this exciting and timely conference.

Fill out the presenter’s information to be part of this exciting conference. All presentations will be peer-reviewed. You will be notified of your acceptance by March 9, 2018. Please include a brief bio sketch or your resume/curriculum vitae when returning this form. If you have any questions please contact Barb Bungard (

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The NOHIMSS Spring Conference Program Committee

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NOHIMSS & Kent State University Health Informatics Program Webinar Series

Call for Presenters 2017-2018


Third Wednesday of Every Month, 12:00 PM Live

 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.

Presentation Date are:

09/20/17, 10/18/17, 11/15/17, 12/20/17, 01/17/18, 02/21/18, 03/21/18, 04/18/18, 05/16/18, 06/20/18, 07/18/18, 08/15/18, and 09/19/18


 Please contact Christine Hudak at for additional information including the presenter request form.



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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

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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. 


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