Collaborative Activities

The industry is best served when non-profits collaborate on issues that raise the waters for all. HIMSS actively seeks collaborative opportunities with its sister associations. The HIMSS Board of Directors firmly supports and encourages such initiatives and welcomes ideas for new endeavors. The following is a brief overview highlighting some of the collaborative efforts currently underway.

Alliance for Nursing Informatics
Supported by both AMIA and HIMSS, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) represents more than 2,000 nurses and brings together 18 distinct nursing informatics groups that function independently. These groups operate at varying levels of local, regional, national and international involvement and have established programs, publications and organizational structures for their members. The ANI Steering Team consists of representatives of organizational groups that have a nursing informatics focus, guiding the strategic direction of the Alliance throughout the year.
Most of the nursing organizations participating in the ANI do not have a staff complement; therefore, the umbrella alliance provides a path to coordinate activities and inform industry initiatives. The basic objectives of the ANI are:

  • Provide a consolidated forum for the nursing informatics community
  • Provide input to a nursing informatics research agenda to DHHS and other government entities and funding sources
  • Facilitate the dissemination of nursing informatics best practices
  • Present the collective voice of the nursing informatics specialty in national public policy initiatives and standards activities

For more information, contact Joyce Sensmeier.

Center for Information Technology Leadership
CITL was chartered in 2002 by Partners HealthCare System as a research organization established to help guide the healthcare community in making more informed strategic IT investment decisions. HIMSS serves as a founding partner in CITL and strongly supports its efforts to quantify the value of IT in healthcare settings.

Using a rigorous, analytic approach, CITL assesses information technologies, disseminates its research findings and provides additional services designed to help healthcare providers realize greater value and improve quality of care. CITL’s research is also used by technology vendors to develop more effective healthcare IT products. CITL generates in-depth reports achieving insight into the value of specific health IT technologies. These reports employ evidence-based research methodologies combined with market analysis and real-world experience. For more information, contact Karen Malone.

Certification Commission for Health Information Technology
In response to a clear opportunity for associations to move the industry forward, recently brought into sharp focus by federal and private sector healthcare leaders, three leading industry associations in healthcare information management and technology—AHIMAHIMSS, and The Alliance (formerly NAHIT)—have joined forces to launch The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. The three associations have committed funding and staff to support the commission during its organizational phase. CCHIT’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health IT throughout the U.S. healthcare system, by creating an efficient, credible, sustainable mechanism for the certification of HIT products.

Congressional Luncheon Seminar Series
HIMSS, as a partner of the Capitol Hill Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics Series, convenes regular luncheon programs on Capitol Hill. Held on behalf of the U.S. Congress' Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics, the program is designed to inform our federally elected officials and their staffers on topics pertinent to health IT. Often, an expert panel addresses the audience, while, periodically, table-top exhibits are set up. Such exhibitions allow officials and their staff members the opportunity to have a hands-on chance to learn how IT is applied in healthcare. HIMSS members can attend the luncheon at no charge. For more information, contact Tom Leary attleary@himss.org.

Connecting for Health
A public-private collaborative designed to address the barriers to development of an interconnected health information infrastructure, Connecting for Health drives consensus on the adoption of an initial set of data standards, developed case studies on privacy and security, and helped define the Personal Health Record (PHR). Several working groups within Connecting for Health lay out the near-term action plans for achieving interconnectivity. Connecting for Health is funded by the Markle Foundation and receives additional funding and support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. HIMSS supports the work of Connecting for Health and actively serves on the Steering Committee and Working Groups.

Continuity of Care Record
The CCR will enable healthcare providers to base future care on relevant and timely patient information. It is a core data set of the most relevant and timely facts about a patient’s healthcare, prepared by a provider at the conclusion of a healthcare encounter in order to enable the next provider to readily access such information. It includes a summary of the patient’s health status (e.g., allergies, medications, vital signs, diagnoses, recent care provided) and basic information about insurance, advance directives, care documentation and care plan recommendations.
Sponsors of the CCR include ASTM International, Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), HIMSS, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association, and the Patient Safety Institute (PSI).
For more information, contact Pat Wise at pwise@himss.org.

EHR Collaborative
Periodically, events transpire within the industry to make collaboration a natural response. During such times, HIMSS works closely with its sister associations—AHIMA, AMIA, CHIME, eHI and NAHIT—to jointly reach out to our members and inform industry debates. A recent example of the EHR Collaborative was joining together to disseminate information regarding the HL7 EHR Functional Model by convening meetings of our collective memberships across the United States.

IHE
A national vision of a connected and interoperable healthcare infrastructure is one of the most significant healthcare industry efforts of the 21st century. HIMSS has taken a leadership role in making this vision a reality.
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a multi-year initiative that creates the framework for passing vital health information seamlessly—from application to application, system to system and setting to setting—across the entire healthcare enterprise. Under the leadership of HIMSS and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), IHE began in November 1998 as a collaborative effort to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share critical information. IHE includes medical specialists and other care providers, administrators, standards organizations, IT professionals and vendors. In 2003, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) joined the initiative as a sponsor in order to advance cross-vendor integration for cardiovascular medicine.

For more information, contact Joyce Sensmeier at jsensmeier@himss.org.


Multi-Organizational Collaboration on the “Development and Adoption of an NHIN”
HIMSS enjoys a working relationship with a number of associations jointly engaged in developing and submitting a response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on its recently released RFI. HIMSS is collaborating with AHIMA, AMIA, ANSI-HISB, CITL, Connecting for Health, eHI, HIMSS EHR Vendor Association, IHE, Internet2 and the Liberty Alliance. We have harnessed the power of our Steering Committees, Roundtables and Task Forces to effectively inform the joint effort.
To learn more about HIMSS’ work on the collaboration, contact Tom Leary at tleary@himss.org.