Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of HIMSS

Welcome to the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of HIMSS.

We have assembled a new board for the 2017-2018 year and look forward to bringing you local educational and networking events. 


New President Elect

Message from the Chapter President:


It is such an honor to be your Chapter President this coming year. While I have served in several capacities over the last seventeen years, this term marks my third as Chapter President. Over the years, I have seen our chapter grow from over 100 members to nearly 1,000 members across the Commonwealth of Kentucky today.


We have an outstanding group of board members serving our chapter this year. Recently, we completed a day long planning retreat at Belterra Casino and Resort. The team discussed the vision of the chapter in the coming years but more importantly what educational opportunities we plan to produce to our membership.


The first major event we are producing is the September Clinical Informatics Symposium in Lexington. UK Healthcare has graciously offered their Pavilion space to host the event. Our team has assembled a compelling list of speakers and topics for this event. We hope that you will be able to join us on September 13th in Lexington. Click here for more information about the symposium and registration. While we have many social and other educational events on the docket, our next big announcement is the 2018 Spring Conference. It has been a number of years since we produced this event and we are bringing it back to our membership. Mark your calendars for April 12th and 13th 2018! We have chosen Belterra Casino and Resort as the venue for this regional event.


Our industry has been met with many challenges in recent years. During the planning retreat our board members discussed ways in which we can give back to those in our industry and to the communities our industry serves across the Commonwealth. The board unanimously voted to sponsor a Veteran or actively military service member from Kentucky to attend the HIMSS18 conference March 2018. I will be working with the HIMSS North America office in the coming months to help us select someone that has given back to our country and community by sponsoring their attendance to the annual HIMSS conference. The board was also brainstorming on other ways in which our chapter can give back to the industry and communities we serve. I welcome your thoughts and ideas, so please email me we collectively try to pay it forward.


I look forward to seeing each of you at upcoming Bluegrass Kentucky HIMSS events. Our board is working hard to serve you, the member, with value and education that furthers your professional development.




Scott Smiser, MBA, FACHE, FHIMSS

Chapter President

Bluegrass Kentucky HIMSS Chapter


April 12 - 13 | Belterra Casino Resort & Spa | Florence, IN


CALL FOR PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS – Deadline: January 15, 2018


Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society invites you to share your knowledge by presenting at their 2018 conference.


Presentations that highlight activities within and across KY and the boundary states are welcome. Presentations should focus on sharing relevant content such as providing expertise on a topic or detailing a particular case study and demonstrating lessons learned as opposed to commercial promotion. Multiple submissions are welcome.


Suggested topic areas for consideration:

  • Clinical Informatics & Clinical Engagement

  • Data Analytics/Clinical & Business Intelligence

  • Process Improvement/Workflow/Change Management

  • Security

  • Interoperability/Adaptability

  • Other


Abstracts will be evaluated against each of these criteria:

  • Quality of the abstract (merit, style, relevance)

  • Educational potential – the presentation should be focused on providing relevant content such as built around a case study or detailing an improvement process

  • Presentations by vendor companies should be accompanied by a provider organization

  • Absence of commercial promotion (products and services) – these abstracts will not be considered

Presenters will be notified of abstract selections in early February.


If the presentation is accepted, the presenter(s) will receive a complimentary full conference registration. Limit two (2) presenters per presentation.
Note: Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of HIMSS does not reimburse for hotel, travel, meals or other presentation-related expenses.


Click here to submit your abstract for consideration


*** Bluegrass Kentucky HIMSS Chapter reserves the right to cancel an event due to weather, attendance or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. You are entitled to a full refund of the event fee. We are not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation.



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