Utah Governor Herbert declares February 7, 2018 “Healthcare Information Technology Day”

HIMSS Utah hosts speakers at Utah State Capitol focusing on Health IT contributions to solving Utah's opioid crisis.

Online PR News – 02-February-2018 – Salt Lake City, Utah –

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Utah Chapter announce Utah Health IT Day: A Holistic Approach to the Opioid Crisis to be held on Feb. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. MST in the Centennial Room, located on the Utah State Capitol at 120 E Capitol St, Salt Lake City, UT. Chapter members and guests will be meeting with Utah state legislators for a broad cross-section of speakers addressing how health information technology is being used to address the opioid crisis in Utah and across the U.S.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared February 7, 2018 “Healthcare Information Technology Day,” in support of efforts to better inform the people of Utah about the health benefits from improving health information technology.

The Utah Chapter of HIMSS (UHIMSS) provides statewide leadership for the advancement and management of healthcare information and technology. UHIMSS is dedicated to improving healthcare IT locally through advocacy, collaboration and education, and to promote quality patient care throughout the state of Utah.

Agenda for Healthcare IT Day:

Continental Breakfast

6:30 a.m.


Presentations and Discussion

7:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


·         Introduction

Mike Maxwell, HIMSS Utah Chapter Advocacy Director


·         Welcome & HIMSS Overview

Camille Whicker, HIMSS Utah Chapter President


·         Opioid Crisis: A National Perspective

McKell Moore, Senior Vice President of Community Health, Intermountain Healthcare


·         Opioid Crisis: A Physician’s Perspective

Dr. Ben Zaniello, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Product, Collective Medical


·         Opioid Crisis: Utah’s Controlled Substance Database

Melanie Wallentine, Controlled Substance Database Program Manager, Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing


·         Opioid Crisis: What Does Health Information Exchange Have to Do With It?

Teresa Rivera, Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN)


Breakfast and networking available until 10 a.m.


Those interested in attending can register on Eventbrite at: 


For more information on the event, contact Michelle Wilde at 801-696-9415.

About HIMSS North America

The Utah Chapter of HIMSS is one of the 54 chapters of HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™. 



HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions.  HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS.  A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.



Media contact:

Michelle Wilde

Utah HIMSS Chapter

Email: michelle.wilde@hsc.utah.edu   

Phone:  801-696-9415