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HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry.

Founded in 1961, HIMSS provides a forum for collaboration among the various stakeholders in health care IT, using advocacy, education and collaboration to further its mission. Its membership base of more than 44,000 individual and 570 corporate members includes health care providers, students, IT vendors, consultants and other stakeholders in the health IT industry. HIMSS currently focuses its attention on health IT topics such as electronic health record systems, HIPAA security and privacy provisions, software interoperability and technical standards.

HIMSS produces an annual conference that brings together health IT stakeholders for several days of education and networking. The organization also offers a research arm known as HIMSS Analytics and a philanthropic group known as the HIMSS Foundation.

Learn more:

The HIMSS website provides resources on key topics and links to professional development opportunities.

SearchHealthIT.com has a page devoted to its coverage of HIMSS10, the organization’s most recent conference.

Officials offer update on health IT adoption at HIMSS 2011.

HIMSS board chair discusses progress of the EHR incentive program.

This was last updated in May 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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