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Under the HIMSS Foundation, the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Scholars Program is offering two internships to students in health informatics graduate degree programs – one U.S. resident and one non-U.S. resident will be selected. Candidates must be in good academic standing to be considered. Students may not participate in any other internships while serving as a TIGER Scholar. You must be 21 years old and speak and write in English fluently to be eligible.

Application deadline is Monday, 1 June, 2020, 11:59 pm CT.



The State of Florida Senate and House have passed the SB1870 and HB1391 bills, respectively. This win is vital to the Healthcare communities; interoperability of patient information is key to the transformation of Healthcare delivery. Thanks to efforts of the Florida Advocates from the Central and North HIMSS and South Florida HIMSS Chapters along with the assistance of HIMSS Nationals. Special thanks to the State Officials who introduced, sponsored, and supported these bills and stayed on course to get us to this point.


These bills need to be signed by the Governor to become law. Please review them should you be interested in additional details.

 National HIMSS Question of the Month.

The first question: (Respond via LinkedIn)

What do you think will be the biggest disruptor in healthcare for 2020? Why?


Congratulations are extended to Ms. Raquel Isaza Quasius, our newest Nursing Informatics Certification recipient.

Raquel credits her success in part to the Nursing Informatics Bootcamp she attended that was led by Susan K.Newbold PHD RN, and hosted by the Central North Florida HIMSS chapter in September 2019.



   Central North Florida HIMSS Secretary Sharon Harrell is featured in a Florida Today article.

   Read the article here.

   Well done Sharon!




Angelique Robateau - Central North Florida HIMSS - Advocacy Chair/CAR Vice Chair Southern Region      

Central North Florida HIMSS is proud to be honored with the FY19 Ambassador Level of Chapter Advocacy award. 

Join the Advocacy Committee!

Contact Chapter Advocate Angelique Robateau at or

For more information:

Health IT Public Policy

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR)




The second annual CNFL HIMSS Women In Health IT Conference sold out. Phenomenal speakers and topics relevant to current and future Women in Health IT combined to create the perfect recipe for success. 


It was great to meet so many of our members from all over the state of Florida.







As local and state level governmental health departments modernize their health and human services systems and shift business processes towards a Public Health 3.0 future1, and state and local health leaders will need to consider how to adopt enhanced data analytics, improved surveillance among other novel uses of health information to inform policy making and drive innovative strategies to combat a range of complex local to global health and human services issues. Health departments will need to redefine their business processes to ensure that multi-sectoral collaborations, the use of data, and technological innovations are prioritized and aligned with "smart health" strategies2.

The HIMSS Foundation in coordination the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and the UK’s NHS Digital has created an exchange program of which the HIMSS Foundation will select up to six health informaticists/data scientists/data strategists working at the state and local public health levels. Each of the selected participants will receive a scholarship to travel to the UK to collaborate with NHS officials and lend analytical insight and identify novel approaches relating to health data science projects that could set the stage successful outcomes in addressing health imperatives and the determinants of health.

The aim of the exchange is to arrange a 10-day, multi-site visit, including two days for travel and time for orientation from the 27th August to the 5th September. The visit will conclude with a presentation at the NHS Expo in Manchester, United Kingdom on the 4th & 5th September.

The visit schedule options for the delegation include the following:

  • 3 days at NHS Digital analytical hub in Leeds
  • 1 day at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics
  • 2 days preparing findings and presentation
  • 2 days at the NHS Expo conference in Manchester

US participants will conclude the trip with a presentation at NHS Expo summarizing ideas, concepts and findings with thoughts on future collaborative work on the themes covered.

We Want to Hear from You!

We're seeking proposals from variety of state, local and territorial projects that address the following themes:

  • Learning Health System, including time spent with Primary Care, Secondary Care and Social Care team
  • Innovation in national healthcare settings, including Data Access Environments, Data Services Platforms and innovative uses of data
  • Opioids, including talking through previous ideas with Jan 18 team and Prescribing team
  • Winter Preparedness and the health ramifications of global climate change
  • Exploring the reasons for decreased life expectancy in both countries

Exchange Participant Applicants should have the following:

  • Detailed understanding of US healthcare system, basic understanding of UK healthcare system would be helpful
  • Strong analytical ability, innovative approach to problem solving and gaining insights
  • Knowledge about data science and visualization techniques
  • Experience using large record-level datasets and analytical software like SQL, SAS & R
  • Interest in global healthcare and improving analytical standards in healthcare
  • A valid US passport

The Call for Ideas application opens on May 28, 2019.

Learn more on our HIMSS Foundation Proposal page.

To apply, please click HERE. Application deadline is June 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.

As a chapter board member you can help make a difference through mentorship, advocacy or by growing our membership and helping to develop educational programs. 

We have a few chair positions and committee member positions open for our Advocacy Committee, Scholarship Committee and others.  By getting involved, you can help advance the mission of HIMSS across Central and North Florida.

HIMSS members are responsible for developing many of today’s key innovations in health care delivery and administration, including:
  • telemedicine
  • computer-based patient records
  • community health information networks
  • mobile health care computing
  • and population health program design

To learn more about how you can become a board member or to nominate a fellow Health IT colleague, email or visit



Central North Florida HIMSS Chapter Advocates


  Angelique Robateau - Central North Florida HIMSS - Advocacy Chair

Florida Health IT Day 2019 at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 24th was a success. HIMSS Chapter Advocates executed a full agenda of knowledge sharing and relationship building with key Florida Health Organizations, elected officials and other attendees. The three amazing speakers shared thought-provoking information which triggered a high level of attendee participation and insightful relevant conversations. William Manzie – Administrative Director of Telehealth Strategy – Memorial Healthcare System, spoke about his Telehealth experiences at memorial. Summer Kahlon, MD – CIO Steward Healthcare Network and CNFL HIMSS Chapter President-Elect, simplified the new HIMSS definition of interoperability through use of an analogy and his global experiences on this topic. Lisa Rawlins – Managing Partner of Maury, Rawlins & Brown, provided an update on what’s been happening on ‘ the Hill’, on telehealth and interoperability bills and completed a walkthrough of how a bill becomes a law. Ms Rawlins, also shared with the Advocates, the importance of their voices, since each voice is important in creating change. The conversations continued during the day which included a scheduled meeting with newly appointed Secretary of AHCA, Mary Mayhew to discuss further the topics above.

Another memorable moment was Senator Harrell’s presentation of the Senate Florida Resolution to the HIMSS Chapter Advocates in the Senate Chamber.

Thanks the Central North Florida and South Florida HIMSS Chapters Advocates, Board members and the support of Valerie Rogers - Director, State Government Affairs at HIMSS North America and her team.


Presentation slides from the Florida Health IT Day Event can be found here.






Our Central North Florida HIMSS Chapter, Advocacy Chair: Angelique Robateau, contributed to the Looking Forward: 2019 Predictions for State Health IT Policy article.

The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy program provides an opportunity for each HIMSS chapter to elect or appoint one or more of its members to expand HIMSS priorities through grassroots and grass tops engagement.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - AHCA announced  today through  a press release that the Encounter Notification Service (ENS) operated by the Florida Health Information Exchange Services (Florida HIE) has delivered over 7.5 million notifications to facilitate patient care coordination since its inception in 2013.  Currently, at least 215 hospitals across Florida have generated notifications which are being sent to subscribers including health plans, ACOs, provider practices and now hospitals.  This exchange of health information will reduce errors and readmissions across the state by providing timely communication.

"My organization is already set-up and live” notes Central and North Florida Chapter of HIMSS Past President, Sherry K. de Cuba, FHIMSS, CPCO.  Sherry is the Chief Information & Compliance Officer at Treasure Coast Community Health in Vero Beach, FL.

Full Press Release available here:

CPHIMS/CAHIMS Review Course Attendees 2018

Over 20 CPHIMS and CAHIMS candidates attended the full-day Review Course on Saturday 4/28/18 at Aloft in Jacksonville. Competencies were reviewed and test–taking tips were discussed by Frank Wang, PMP,CPHIMSS System VP, IDN Decision Support Analytics at Health First, Inc. and Sherry de Cuba, FHIMSS, CPCO Chief Information & Compliance Officer at Treasure Coast Community Health.

Why Get Certified?
Certification demonstrates that you meet a standard of professional body of knowledge and have reached a milestone in your professional development. Many organizations require that candidates have certification and encourage current employees to obtain certification.
The CPHIMS credential will help your career by:
  • Demonstrating you meet an international standard of professional knowledge and competence in healthcare information and management systems
  • Increasing your credibility with your employer
  • Showing a commitment to continuing professional development
  • Enjoying a sense of personal and professional achievements


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A Corporate Take on Healthcare Innovation

I attended the Synapse Innovation Summit in Tampa on 3/28. I was impressed by the Keynote speakers, by the wide array of exhibitors (AI, Blockchain, FinTech, IOT, Healthcare, AR/VR) and their respective incredible demonstrations. The vision shared was for Tampa and Florida to become the technology 'go to' place by attracting, growing and retaining critical skills required to drive innovation.

I had the honor of representing Central & North Florida HIMSS as one of the Panelists to discuss 'A Corporate Take on Healthcare Innovation' at one of the many break-out sessions. My fellow panelists (see below) and I had engaging conversations regarding the challenges of shortening the Sales Cycle, the role academia (e.g., USF) is playing in addressing Innovation, and the importance of policy to bring about change. The Central & North Florida HIMSS Chapter helps drive key ‘HIMSS Congressional Asks’ in Florida by educating its members (mostly hospitals and private practices) and working with Legislators regarding key Healthcare bills. The Opioid epidemic and natural disasters are other HIMSS priorities in Florida. Organizations and Individuals can become involved in the Central & North Florida HIMSS chapter by participating in these efforts to solve critical healthcare issues through technology and policy.


Moderator: Richard Munassi, MD, MBA – Build Class Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Tampa Bay WaVE
Panelist:  Michael Laker – Founder, CEO, Blackfin Technology Partners
Panelist:  Angelique Robateau – Advocacy Chair, HIMSS - Central North Florida
Panelist:  Brittany Sansbury, EdD – Managing Director, Beta Innovation Group
Panelist:  Kevin Sneed – Dean, College of Pharmacy, USF
Panelist:  Stewart Kelly – Sales Account Executive, Florida Blue

Panelist:  Eric Pupo – Managing Director, Health Client Service Group, Accenture

The Central and North Florida Chapter of HIMSS was well-represented at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas.  The Chapter Reception was a hosted by Greenway Health on March 6, 2018.  This was a great opportunity to network with chapter members and colleagues and share ideas.

Thank you Greenway Health and HIMSS!

Central/North Florida HIMSS hosted a Healthy Tech and Talk event in Tampa on Tuesday, January 16th..


More than 25 healthcare IT professionals gathered at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore hotel for networking and a talk about Cyber Security - Defending your Network in "2018" with Christopher Kunney, Cory Coleman, and Jay Ryerse.



This event was sponsored by Avance IT Solutions.


Central/North Florida HIMSS hosted a Healthy Tech and Talk event in Jacksonville  on Wednesday, October 25th..

More than 25 healthcare IT professionals gathered  at Taverna for networking and a talk about technology and how it’s changing healthcare.

The event was sponsored by Care Analytics.


























The Annual National Health IT Week is being held October 2-6, 2017. 

Join in support of this nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT for the U.S. healthcare system.  There is no better time for the health IT community to come together under one umbrella to raise national awareness! 

View our full list of partners and updates on the Week’s events. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, Central and North Florida Chapter HIMSS is helping to transform healthcare for all.

Check out this great article about CNFL HIMSS President-Elect, Bill Blewitt!

Click here to read the article

September 29, 11:45am - 5:30pm

South University: 4401 N Himes Ave #175, Tampa, FL 33614



  • 11:45am - 1:00pm: Registration, Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm: General Session
    • “Celebration and Recognition of "Stage 7" Hospital Achievements in Florida”
    • "Outstanding Health IT Careers and Opportunities for Women and Veterans"
    • “HIMSS Career Research Reports, University Programs and Certifications”
    • “Preview of HIMSS 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo in Orlando”
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm: Social Event/Networking Reception

***More details to come, save the date!

We need your help!

It's the beginning of the 2016-2017 program year and we need your input about our education events for the year. 

Please take a few minutes to participate in this survey and be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Click here to take the survey

The Central/North Florida HIMSS Chapter is looking for a few great leaders to serve in a Board Support Role.  We have many volunteer opportunities and it is a great way to get engaged in your Chapter.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Engage with colleagues and collaborate on important decisions of the Board all of the chapter committees through input and board meeting attendance via conference calls and 2-3 in person meetings per year by helping to form and shape the future of healthcare by contributing your ideas for innovation and quality improvements in healthcare

Positions of Need:

  • Sponsorship Chair
  • Membership
  • Program/Education
  • Public Policy/Advocacy
  • Informatics and Analytics
  • Student Representative (Looks great on your resume!)

Need more information?  Want to Volunteer?  Contact us:

The Central/North Florida HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors is proposing updates to the Chapter by-laws. 

Please review the by-laws by clicking here.

After reviewing the by-laws, follow this link to vote on the changes: CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Thank you!

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