Winter 2022 Newsletter

President's Message

Scott Raymond, MHA/INF, BSN, RN

Chief Information Officer
Global Healthcare
HIMSS Colorado Chapter President



What is CHiME and Why Should I Care?

This October 560 CIOs and Healthcare Executives participated in the CHiME Fall Forum (Oct 25 -29)

CHiME was Established in 1992 and has more than 3,200 members across the globe. CHiME offers membership to CIOs and senior IT leaders at healthcare related organizations. It is directed by a board of top CIOs and board member representatives of the CHiME Foundation. Its mission is to support the healthcare IT executive teams through Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security AEHIS, Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications AEHIA and Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology AEHIT The CHiME Education Foundation provides scholarships and tuition assistance to CHiME members and future CIOs for attendance at educational conferences, events and professional development programs below.

  • CHiME Opioid Action Center
  • Most Wired Certification
  • CHiME Innovation
  • CHiME Spring and Fall Conferences
  • ViVE (CHiME and HLTH)
  • CIO Boot Camp and CHCIO Certification

The Fall forum sessions this year focused on these areas.

  • Data Curation and Analytics
  • New Technologies, Innovation, New Solutions/Applications
  • Cyber and Data Security
  • Digital Front Door/Data Access for Patients
  • Connecting Systems and Data to improve efficiency and care
  • From Data to Action
  • New Times, New Solutions
  • Securing the System
  • The Patient in Focus
  • Realized Interoperability

Interoperability in Healthcare - SAVE THE DATE - February 17, 2022

In advance of our webinar in February we’ll be focused on interoperability in healthcare.

Interoperability is the ability of different information systems, devices, and applications (systems) to access, exchange, integrate and cooperatively use data in a coordinated manner, within and across organizational, regional, and national boundaries, to provide timely and seamless portability of information and optimize the health of individuals and populations globally.

Health data exchange architectures, application interfaces and standards enable data to be accessed and shared appropriately and securely across the complete spectrum of care, within all applicable settings and with relevant stakeholders, including the individual.

Want to better understand the basics of interoperability and health information exchange? Check out our HIMSS resource on healthcare interoperability!

CHIMSS Overcoming Challenges in Healthcare Interoperability

Please join us for an interactive discussion with our expert panel to discuss challenges in Healthcare Interoperability. Register here:

Date/Time: February 17, 9am – 10am CT

Zoom Link:

Survey Link: Please complete the survey to help us tailor the panel discussion for this webinar!


Helmut Oehring – Helmut Oehring is the CIO Ascend Clinical Lab

Helmut Oehring has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare, manufacturing, global supply chain management, marketing, and information technology.  As the CIO for Ascend Clinical, he envisions and implements technology strategies to enhance patient care, grow revenue and improve profitability.  He is responsible for the IT division for the company with locations in California and Colorado.  Helmut’s current initiatives include enhancing a healthcare clinic portal for direct physician and patient access, advanced integrations with clinic EMRs, leveraging AI to gain insights in extensive longitudinal data sets and automating the laboratory with robotics.  Ascend Clinical is a clinical reference laboratory specializing in testing services for kidney disease.


Brian Levy - Dr. Levy is an Executive Healthcare Physician with deep expertise in creating software and content. He currently works for Cerner on the VA and DoD implementation and focuses on interoperability and terminology. Previously, as the Chief Medical Officer, he helped lead Health Language from a healthcare IT startup to successful acquisition. He continues to practice Telemedicine, using the latest technology in delivering everyday patient care. He also serves as the Colorado HIMSS Advocacy Chair.

Ako Quammie – Ako Quammie is the Vice President of Data Management at COHRIO/Contexture. Ako has over 15 years of experience working with many segments of the health care industry, including health systems, physician organizations, insurance providers, regional provider alliances and clinically integrated networks. His work is concentrated in enterprise and service line strategic planning, partnership/transaction planning and the design and execution of a wide range of Healthcare Information Technology products and services.  In addition, Ako has extensive experience implementing clinical integration programs, electronic health record systems and quality reporting systems focused on population-level health improvement and development of the capabilities required to succeed under value-based payment arrangements.

Herman Oosterwijk – Herman Oosterwijk is President OTech Consulting. Herman is a healthcare imaging and IT consultant with expertise in interface specifications between medical devices and healthcare IT software and systems through his participation of many years in standardization committees and working groups such as DICOM, HL7 and HIE.  He has authored several textbooks and numerous articles about healthcare IT, in particular on the subject of Electronic Health Records (EHR), Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), Teleradiology, and the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard.  Herman has been asked to serve as an expert witness in legal cases where an opinion and/or assessment is needed in these subject areas.  He recently finished his tour of duty as the Co-Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community. 

Join us in Orlando at HIMSS National

Join the Colorado and Greater Illinois Chapters for a joint-chapter reception at HIMSS22!

About this event:

Date and time

Tue, Mar 15, 2022, 6:30 PM EDT

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Main Event Orlando
9101 International Drive
#Suite 1032
Orlando, FL 32819

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The HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition is the can’t-miss healthcare event of the year, where professionals throughout the global health ecosystem connect for the education, innovation, and collaboration they need to reimagine health and wellness for everyone, everywhere.

Join the Colorado Chapter for an in-person reception at the Main Event, just 0.5 miles from the convention center. Mingle with members not only from Colorado but meet new HIMSS members from the Greater Illinois (GIC) Chapter during our joint event!

This event will be hosted at Main Event, just 0.5 miles from the convention center, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Enjoy an open bar, appetizers, and networking. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please reach out to if you are interested in sponsoring this event!

**This event requires proof of vaccination upon event entry.

CE available for your attendance to the Hospital at Home Webinar

Did you miss the webinar? Link below

Updated CEU instructions on our website. 

Congratulations to our 2021 Colorado HIMSS Scholarship Recipients

Elizabeth Marshall – Veteran Impact Scholarship

Elizabeth lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is pursuing her Master’s in Health Informatics from the College of St. Scholastica. Her spouse of 27 years is a retired Air Force veteran who served for 26 years. Elizabeth has worked with the Department of Defense and the VA. She frequently centers her coursework in informatics on the veteran population. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Amy Fielding – Community Impact Scholarship

Amy is a master's degree candidate at the University of Colorado’s School of Nursing’s Informatics program. She is a Critical Care Nurse and Informatics Specialist at Denver Health and works hard to advocate for reducing the documentation burden of all clinicians but has a particular passion helping her nurse colleagues. Congratulations, Amy!

Gabriela Kilstrom – Community Impact Scholarship

Gabriela is a dual MS in Business Analytics/MBA in Healthcare Administration student at the University of Colorado – Denver. Gabriela has a passion for improving access to healthcare services and seeks to better understand how technology can be used to improve healthcare through clinical decision support, promoting collaboration between federal, state, and local agencies, and by creating a more resilient supply chain. Congratulations, Gabriela!

Did you miss the scholarship window this time? Check back in the Spring for another chance to apply! Contact Rachel Rogers ( with any questions.

Advocacy Webinar

Stephanie Benet as the State Health IT Coordinator reviewed the revamped and refreshed Colorado Health Information Technology (IT) Roadmap that was just approved by the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Offices in November 2021. The OeHI

  • Guided over $50 million in health IT investments over the past 4 years in infrastructure, innovation, governance, and policy.
  • Refocused efforts toward health equity, rural, and telehealth in FY20/21.
  • Advances Polis-Primavera priorities for affordability, access, and equity.

Jim Woodard, BSN, MBA, RN, is the Chief Operating Officer at TRU Community. He is currently leading an initiative to leverage telecare technology to improve access for underserved elders enrolled in TRU programs. It is often assumed that elderly patients are unable to use technology. This has proven to be untrue, and patients are thriving when allowed to utilize telecare. Telecare provides for improved access to affordable, high-quality health services. Services provided include remote patient monitoring, patient education, provider visits, socialization, and specialized hospice care for patients in their last days of life. Jim explored the successes and barriers to making telecare available to seniors dealing with complex illnesses.

Combat Burnout & Improve your Coping Skills – HIMSS Colorado Virtual Event

This summer, Colorado HIMSS selected the Maria Droste Counseling Center to be our designated philanthropy for our annual Colorado HIMSS Golf Classic. Since our golf outing was delayed to the spring, we decided to honor and engage with support Maria Droste throughout the year as well. In early November, Maria Droste hosted a Donor Breakfast which included a tour of their newly renovated facility and stories of lives that have been and are able to be touched by their mental health services through support like ours! Stay tuned for other ways we intend to pull in membership to work with Maria Droste.

Webinar: On November 18, Colorado HIMSS partnered with Maria Droste Counseling Center staff members, Dr. Ryan Bittinger, PhD, and Dr. Esra Nutku-Bilir, MD, PhD, LPD, as they helped attendees define and identify burnout, put self-care practices into place, and experience a wonderful 15 minute mindfulness exercise. Did you miss the webinar? You can still listen to this presentation and participate in the mindfulness exercise by clicking here.

Call for Speakers

The Colorado Chapter of HIMSS is looking for passionate and engaging speakers to present at events over the next year. Are you interested in speaking? Or do you know someone who would make a great speaker? We are accepting speaker submissions now! To submit, please complete this form and email to

Please note our Golf Classic has moved to June 20, 2022

Monday, June 20, 2022, 7:00am MDT

Raccoon Creek Golf Course
7301 W Bowles Ave,
Littleton, CO 80123

Please join us for the 2022 CHIMSS Golf Classic on Monday, June 20th!

We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton, CO. The event will include a 4-person scramble, buffet lunch and awards reception with silent auction following the golf.

When you sponsor or register a selected foursome, you will have the opportunity to golf with one of our Celebrity Golfers from our growing list of CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and Directors from Colorado Healthcare Companies.

Tournament pricing includes golf, driving range, prizes, lunch, and FUN! - $200 Per Player

Play some golf, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, and Get Registered Today!

Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to crowning our foursome champions this year.


Mental health, regardless of wealth. Maria Droste Counseling Center is a Denver-based nonprofit mental health service organization comprised of mental health professionals, learners and volunteers who are passionate about community, learning, and service. Our uniquely sustainable model of traditional and co-located mental health counseling and clinical training is delivered in collaboration with a group of expert private clinicians. We provide accessible, community-centered, high-quality mental health counseling and clinical training. We serve those seeking healthier lives, regardless of ability to pay.

Also, here is a link to the donation page  that can be used for the CHIMSS golf tournament.



7:00-7:45 AM - Check in | Registration | Networking | Driving Range & Putting Practice
8:00 AM - In your cart for welcome from Title Sponsors & Tournament Instructions
8:30 AM - Tournament will begin!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Information

You can be invoiced by Raina from Golf TLC, or you can simply provide payment on the site. Raina can be reached at Feel free to contact Steve Bell, HIMSS Colorado Golf Chair, at or 303-917-4530.


We have an exciting calendar of events scheduled for our 2021-2022 term.  Please Save the Date and look for emails from for registration.

HIMSS Colorado Chapter Annual Event Calendar

2nd Tuesdays are Webinars or Pop-up/Opportunity Events

4th Thursdays are Limited Events (exception, Full Day Events on Fridays)



Informatics Event

February 17


HIMSS Global Conference Membership Appreciation



March 15th Happy Hour

Advocacy Day at Capitol


April 21


Spring Event / CIO Breakfast

May 13


Volunteer Appreciation Social

June 9


Golf Tournament

June 20th



Late June

Call for Committee Volunteers

The Colorado Chapter of HIMSS is seeking volunteers to help with several of our exciting programs lined up for the 2021-2022 term.  Please send a brief bio and a list of your top 3 volunteer choices to and one of our BOD members will be in touch to discuss opportunities. Please note that all volunteers are required to be active members of the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS for at least one year to apply.


CHIMSS encourages sponsors from the vendor and consulting community to defer the cost of the chapter’s programs.

For more information on sponsorship of the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS, please email: