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Description

The Healthcare Information and Management System society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.

Facts:
  • Founded in 1961
  • Offices all over the United States and Europe
  • Represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people.
  • 20+ special interest groups (SIGs)
  • 75+ Committees, Task forces, Work Groups and Roundtables shaping the direction of the industry

Vision:
  • Advancing the best use of information and management systems for the betterment of health care.

Mission:
  • To lead change in the healthcare information and management systems field through knowledge sharing, advocacy, collaboration, innovation, and community affiliations.

Membership:
  • Membership in HIMSS enables you to shape your professional future, enrich your career, and expand your industry intelligence. Benefits include discounts on HIMSS programs and access to continuing edcuation - not to mention the career contacts, valuable information at your fingertips and the insude trach of the healthcare IT and management system industry you receive as a HIMSS member.

Benefits:
  • Member discounts at:
    • North America Annual Conference & Exhibition
    • AsiaPac Conference & Exhibition
    • Virtual Conference & Expo
    • Webinars
    • Summit
    • The Wolrd of Health IT

  • FREE or discounted access to:

    • Membership Directory - a networkings resoucres
    • HIMSS Store - online bookstore
    • Publications
    • Industry intelligence including the Annual Leadership Survey, Vantage Point and reports published by HIMSS Analytics
    • Industry Affairs - Initiatives in which you can engage as a volunteer to advance your expertise and improve the healthcare industry through the appropriate use of IT and management systems
    • CPHIMS professional ceritification program

Applications

Through HIMSS you can:
  • Stay on top of the latest healthcare IT and management system trends, best practices and lessons learned
  • Take advantage of a variety of educational, research, networking and career development resources
  • Be an advocate for the HIT and management system industry
  • Participate in a collaborative environment
HIMSS helps you navigate the complexities of healthcare IT. As a HIMSS member you have access to exclusive industry tools and resoucres to help you enrich your knowledge and industry understandings, including:
  • Clinical IT issues in the Ambulatory and Enterprise settings
  • Financial and Business Systems
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Interoperability, RHIOs & HIE
  • Personal Health Records
  • Privacy & Security
  • Patient Safety & Quality Outcomes
  • Nursing & Pharmacy Informatics
  • Physician Initiatives

The HIMSS calendar of events is jammed packed and offers a variety of conventions, summits, webinars and job fairs that appeal to many. In particular, HIMSS is a great resource for students. They have job opportunities at their annual conference that afford students the opportunity to meet the leading companies in the healthcare informatics field. Conferences are held all over the world, thus creating many global networking opportunities. The HIMSS association is a great thing to be a part of.


Web Resources

HIMSS Calendar of Events
http://www.himss.org/ASP/confCalendarHome.asp?cetid=600

HIMSS Topics and Tools
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topicsHome.asp

Related Terminology

  • Ambulatory Information Systems
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_ambulatorycare.asp
  • Clinical Informatics
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_clinicalInformatics.asp
  • Electronic Health Records
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_ehr.asp
  • Healthcare Informatics
http://www.himss.org/content/files/StdsinHCInformatics.pdf
  • International Organization for Standardization
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_ISO.asp
  • Nationwide Health Information Network
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_NHIN.asp
  • Nursing Informatics
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_nursingInformatics.asp
  • Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_patientSafety.asp
  • Personal Health Records
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_phr.asp
  • Pharmacy Informatics
http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_pharmacyInformatics.asp

Citations/References

http://www.himss.org

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