Frequently Asked Questions - HIMSS Committees

To be eligible to serve as a committee member, an applicant must have belonged to HIMSS for more than the past 12 consecutive months from the date nominations open. Applicants cannot be currently serving in a leadership position (ex: Committee Chair or HNA Board of Directors), nor hold a current committee appointment within the Society.

Ineligible member types: Chapter only and Online only.

*To check your membership status and history, login to your account at www.himss.org and your member-since date will be shown in the Member Summary section of the Dashboard tab.

Yes, a member can hold both a local chapter leadership role and serve as a national committee member.

Serving on a committee gives HIMSS members the opportunity to contribute to public policy and HIMSS initiatives. It provides many opportunities to network with other industry experts and career-minded professionals. Members work to develop and deploy tools and resources for the benefit of all levels of health IT professionals. They participate in thought leadership development, act as speakers for various education events, and serve as subject matter experts.

Time commitment and responsibilities vary from committee to committee. The average time expected from a committee member is three hours per month. Each committee will hold at least one one-hour virtual meeting per month. Standard committee terms are two years, beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Each committee, on average, has 12 members. HIMSS has designed its committees in such a way that approximately 50% of the volunteers on each committee rotate annually. This results in somewhere between 4–7 openings for new volunteers to be selected for appointments on each committee, allowing for an influx of new volunteers while preserving some measure of continuity in a committee's work. Members generally serve a two-year term, with chairs serving a one-year term. Terms run from July to June.

The Annual Call for Committee Volunteers will take place though an online application process from January  to March annually. All ineligible applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March, and all eligible applicants will be notified by the end of May. The existing Committee Chairperson and staff liaison will carefully review the applications; they may convene interview-type calls with candidates and check references. Once this investigative work is complete, a formal presentation of recommendations will be made to the Chair-Elect of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors, who will make the final committee appointments.

The criteria used to select new committee members includes but is not limited to ensuring that:

  1. Each committee represents, in microcosm, the entire HIMSS community [example: military, clinician, vendor, CIO, ].
  2. The committee is represented to the best of HIMSS’ ability in regards to gender, ethnicity and other such criteria.
  3. The committee includes both those who demonstrate content expertise and those who are relatively new to the content area.
  4. The committee includes both those who are relatively new to HIMSS volunteer work and those with more experience.
  5. The group is geographically representative of the nation and according to work setting [example: provider, vendor, payer, ambulatory, etc.].
  6. The incoming committee appointee attributes are balanced with those of the existing complement.
  7. The committee members will attend conference calls, complete assignments, and demonstrate other attributes of a committed volunteer.

Many committees have affiliated workgroups, taskforces and roundtables, all of which involve smaller time commitments and no membership requirement. These affiliations are great opportunities to learn about a committee and gain experience before applying to serve as a full member. There is a listing of additional opportunities to get involved on each individual committee page.

Additional ways to get involved with HIMSS

Chapters

  • There are 55 HIMSS Chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and India.
  • Each HIMSS membership includes one complimentary chapter membership of choice.
  • Chapters host local networking and educational events. Additional chapter activities and information can be found on each chapter’s website.
  • View a list of all chapter websites.

Communities

  • All members are welcome to join any community of their choice, at any time
  • Communities offer peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education.
  • Members can join by logging into their accounts at www.himss.org, going to the “My Involvement” tab, selecting “Participation” from the dropdown, and choosing which communities they would like to join.

SIGs

  • There are 9 special interest groups (SIGs), created for members to share information and viewpoints.
  • Members can join by logging into their accounts at www.himss.org, going to the “My Involvement” tab, selecting “Participation” from the dropdown, and choosing which SIGs they would like to join.

Annual Conference Education

Purpose: To identify and program high-quality educational opportunities at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.

Clinical & Business Intelligence

Purpose: To empower its members with practical guidance and unbiased information on how to harness healthcare data in order to inform accountable, high-quality patient care and fuel unparalleled business insight while improving an organization’s fiscal performance.

ConCert™ by HIMSS

Purpose: To provide program oversight, contribute thought leadership, recommend future direction and scope, and serve as champions for the ConCert by HIMSS program.

Connected Health

Purpose: To inform, educate and support those who develop, implement and use mobile and other personal health technologies for timely, secure data sharing, improved engagement, and communication to support better health outcomes.

Health Business Solutions

Purpose: To identify and promote the effective use of financial and administrative systems for healthcare organizations.

HIT User Experience

Purpose: To identify opportunities to optimize user experience within healthcare delivery systems that positively impact outcomes and patient and provider satisfaction by improving the experience of human-machine interaction across the continuum of care.

Innovation

Purpose: To identify emerging technologies and/or processes that positively impact healthcare by improving the care experience, improving individual and population health, and reducing costs.

Interoperability & Health Information Exchange

Purpose: To advance semantic interoperability and standards-based health IT systems that lead to meaningful health information exchange.

Nursing Informatics

Purpose: To articulate a cohesive voice for the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, and to provide domain expertise, leadership and guidance to HIMSS activities, initiatives and collaborations with the global nursing informatics community.

Physician

Purpose: To provide domain expertise, leadership and guidance to HIMSS’ physician and medical informatics activities, initiatives and collaborations.

Privacy & Security

Purpose: To guide implementation of strategic initiatives that promote the privacy and security of healthcare information and management systems.

Professional Certification

Purpose: The Professional Certification Committee administers the CPHIMS and CAHIMS certification programs. The Committee oversees the overall development and performance of the exams, reviews and refines test items, develops new editions of the exam, contributes to plans for marketing and promoting the certification, and provides consultation for maintenance of a quality program.

Professional Development

Purpose: To engage its members in developing tools, resources and content related to career services, workforce development and professional development of key health IT stakeholders while achieving HIMSS' strategic goals.

Public Policy

Purpose: To advance national health policy by working closely with the U.S. Congress, key federal decision makers, state legislatures and governments, and industry organizations to recommend policy, legislative and regulatory solutions that will improve health and population health through IT.

Quality, Cost and Safety

Purpose: To develop best practice guidance and policy recommendations for how to best leverage health IT to improve quality and safety outcomes for patients and reduce costs for hospitals and providers.

TIGER

Purpose: To advance the integration of health informatics to transform education and practice, with a focus on better preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care.