AEHIT Expansion Necessitates Committee Growth

By Zach Donisch, Director, AEHIS, AEHIT, AEHIA Membership

In 2017, AEHIT’s Fall Summit Planning Committee was mostly comprised of board members, with engaged members helping to secure speakers from across the industry. In 2018, the AEHIT board has set ambitious goals to expand its fall summit schedule, its educational and professional development offerings, as well as continue the successful AEHIT awards series. To accomplish these goals, board members agreed, AEHIT committees will require substantial representation from members who are passionate about healthcare information technology.

Following the AEHIT board meeting that helped establish this year’s set of committees, AEHIT Board Vice Chair Clint Perkinson spoke to the value member-driven committees can deliver on.  “I believe AEHIT’s commitment to education and professional development among healthcare IT leadership will generate a lot of interest from our membership as well as others within the industry. I firmly believe we can educate and drive best practices within our community and the industry. Our Professional Development and Education Committee will be charged with the creation of regular webinars, partnering with members who are passionate about topics in healthcare IT and our Foundation partners who have key insights into the challenges we face.”

AEHIT members will have the opportunity to join three committees in 2018:

Professional Development and Education
Solicit and schedule presenters for webinars, podcasts, and other educational and promotional media. Solicit and review KnowledgeHub submissions.

Fall Summit Planning
Develop agenda, solicit speakers, assist in logistics and marketing, and plan the annual AEHIT Fall Summit, taking place in San Diego, from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.

Refine criteria and market existing AEHIT Award series, solicit nominations, select winners and present at the AEHIT Fall Summit.

Perkinson also talked about the AEHIT Fall Summit and the committee devoted to planning the event. “Last year’s inaugural AEHIT 2017 Fall Summit was a great introduction to what we can accomplish as an association. With engaged members joining the Fall Summit Planning Committee, and with help from our Education Committee, we can collaborate and craft an incredible agenda that will draw even more healthcare IT leaders to our Fall Summit.

One of AEHIT’s primary goals is ensuring they’ve communicated their value to members and the industry alike.  As a long-time member and multi-year board member of AEHIT, Perkinson saw value early on in what AEHIT could bring to the table for healthcare information technology leaders. “I personally saw value in AEHIT not only for the educational opportunities but also for the collaboration with my peers on a national level.  Although we are competitors organizationally we are all in this business to improve the safety and quality of care of the patients we serve.  In our roles we are always being faced with technology needs where there may be several options available to meet that requirement.  By leveraging each other and our vendor partners in the research of options through webinars as well as collaborative discussions during events like the Fall Summit we can hopefully help each other implement a stable and cost-effective solution to meet the need without having to reinvent the wheel.”

Time commitments between committees vary, but expect to meet once or twice a month for up to an hour, and occasionally work on action items related to the committee objectives. To join a committee of interest and participate in growing and enhancing AEHIT, head to or click this link to learn more and sign up. AEHIT staff will put you in touch with the committee’s leadership to onboard you to the committee of your choice.

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