The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the largest healthcare organization in the U.S. focused on the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

A membership organization: As a membership association founded in 1961, HIMSS represents more than 23,000 individual members and over 350 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people. 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. Headquartered in Chicago, the Society has offices in Arlington, Va., Ann Arbor, Mich., Brussels, Singapore and other locations throughout the U.S.

Healthcare Reform: Now is the time for healthcare reform in the United States with the President’s signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009…and now, more than ever, is the time to be a part of HIMSS.

Passed in February 2009, the ARRA legislation provides $19.2 billion for healthcare IT to help stimulate the economy, increase investment in healthcare technology, build a strong IT infrastructure for healthcare, and expand job growth. Visit for more information.

HIMSS Office of Advocacy and Public Policy was founded in February 2000 and focuses on expanding the organization’s visibility on Capitol Hill, in the Administration and state legislatures, and works with all interested stakeholders including individual members, corporations, and collaborating organizations to coordinate and advance healthcare IT and management systems through advocacy and public policy initiatives. Advocacy and Public Policy legislative and regulatory actions are guided by HIMSS Legislative Principles. Visit for more information.

Focused educational programming: HIMSS is recognized for its quality educational programs conducted annually and on-site in the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Education sessions target pertinent healthcare IT issues of the country or region. Whether it is 25,000 or 500 attendees, industry professionals come together at these HIMSS events to learn from the speakers and each other.

As part of its online education offerings, HIMSS sponsors the Virtual Conference & Expo twice during the year to make it easy to be part of HIMSS conference without leaving home. These online, two-day conferences bring speakers, exhibits and networking opportunities to anyone who attends by just logging onto the computer.

The e-Learning Academy provides online, on-demand courses that cover healthcare IT with basic to advanced sessions designed for the busy healthcare professional.

Webinars: Monitor healthcare IT trends through the Society’s webinars, usually 60-minute sessions scheduled each month on topics such as the electronic medical record, interoperability, ambulatory EMRs, privacy and security, and much more. Some webinars are free of cost, and others are available only to members. Visit on the HIMSS Web site for information on these events.

HIMSS Online Store: HIMSS is a recognized publisher in the healthcare IT industry and offers an extensive list of titles available at, the HIMSS Store.

HIMSS Membership: HIMSS links like-minded individuals to share knowledge, solve problems and network. Members of HIMSS can:

  • Participate in networking opportunities in special communities
  • Stay on top of the latest trends with valuable resources and industry research.
  • Learn from experts in healthcare IT at events round the world
  • Fast-track your career with certification and JobMine®
  • Help shape public policy by joining our advocacy initiatives
  • Enjoy discounts on HIMSS events and publications
  • Review healthcare IT market research from HIMSS Analytics
  • And much more at

HIMSS offers membership in these categories:

Individual Membership enables you to shape your professional future, enrich your career, and expand your industry intelligence.
Organizational Affiliate is a new comprehensive, exclusive offering for healthcare providers.
Corporate Membership expands your company’s industry presence.
Affiliate Membership is designed for non-profit associations and professional organizations.