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HIMSS (Health Information and Management Systems Society) is a nonprofit international organization who tries to promote the use of information technology to improve patient health outcomes. HIMSS membership consists of over 600 corporations, 350 not-for-profit organizations, 60 regional extension centers and 54,000 individuals, including CIOs, project managers, clinicians and systems analysts. 67% of current individual members work as healthcare providers.

History of HIMSS

HIMSS was founded at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1961. Initially, it was known as the HMSS (Hospital Management Systems Society). It was formed as an attempt to exchange experience among members to improve hospital management systems. In 1966, the HMSS became affiliated with the AHA (American Hospital Association). HMSS became HIMSS in 1986, with over 80% of its membership voting for the change, after the realization there was no organization for healthcare information systems professionals. In 1993, following years of rapid growth and with the AHA restructuring, HIMSS became an independent organization. The keynote speech at the 1993 HIMSS conference was given by Steve Jobs.

In 2001, HIMSS merged with the Center for Healthcare Information Management (CHIM), which itself was established originally within the AHA using financial support from vendors and consultants. Since then, HIMSS has continued to grow, with a 44% increase in individual membership from 2011 to 2014.

HIMSS Activities


Alliance for Nursing Informatics

Supported by both HIMSS and AMIA, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics attempts to “advance nursing informatics leadership, practice, education, policy, research and leadership through a unified voice of nursing informatics organizations”.

Center for Information Technology Leadership

Initially founded by 2002 in Boston by Partners HealthCare, the Center for Information Technology Leadership provides resources and expertise for research examining costs and impacts of health information technologies. HIMSS was a founding partner. CITL disseminates research to healthcare providers and vendors on the value of health information technologies.

Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

An independent organization founded in 2004 from HIMSS, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) was an Authorized Testing and Certification Body approved by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for electronic health records. In late 2014, CCHIT decided to shut down.

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)

Led by HIMSS and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative develops guidelines and resources to improve interoperability of health care IT.

HIMSS Initiatives

HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics provides data, analysis and consulting to both healthcare providers and vendors of health care IT. For providers, this includes tracking the adoption of EMR adoption and providing scoring based on the EMR Adoption Model.

HIMSS Foundation

A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the HIMSS foundation is a charitable organization the provides financial assistance to students in healthcare IT fields, provides data for free to universities and students through the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology Research and Education, and conducts other philanthropic activities.

HIMSS Events

HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition

This is the main meeting hosted by HIMSS. The 2016 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition was held in Las Vegas, NV. Several other meetings hosted by HIMSS can be found in the List of Clinical Informatics Conferences.


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  2. http://www.himss.org/membership/be-a-member
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  4. http://www.himss.org/about/collaborative-activities
  5. http://www.himssanalytics.org/provider-solutions
  6. http://www.himssconference.org/general-info/conference/about-himss16
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