Call for Reviewers at HIMSS Annual Conference

HIMSS17 Call For Reviewers

The HIMSS17 Call for Reviewers is now open through June 13, 2016, 5:00 pm Central Time.

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What is a Call for Reviewers?

HIMSS members may review and recommend proposals within their areas of expertise that have been submitted for the annual conference. Please read the Topic Categories document for further details about each topic category.

Reviewers may also:

  • Mentor speakers through the preparation process
  • Act as moderator for the conference session
  • Join the Annual Conference Education Committee which makes final speaker selections

Thank you for your interest in serving as an Annual HIMSS Conference Reviewer. The peer review process used by HIMSS enhances the efficiency and maximizes the quality of the education offerings to our conference attendees. Annual HIMSS Conference Reviewers are the backbone of the entire Annual HIMSS Conference education process. HIMSS engages over 200 volunteer subject matter experts to review proposals. All HIMSS members are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer as a reviewer.

To ensure a fair assessment, every single proposal is evaluated by a minimum of three volunteer reviewers.  Led by ACEC members, review teams meet throughout the summer months to evaluate proposals.   Proposals are evaluated based upon several criteria, and an observer from the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) ensures that our process and selections exceed the standards required for continuing medical and nursing education credits.

As a result of this thorough evaluation process, the ACEC selects initial proposals and to ensure the optimal timeliness and relevance of the subject, speakers are notified of the ACEC's decision in early Fall. Those selected are provided with nearly three months to submit a first-draft presentation. At the end of the calendar year, ACEC and Peer Reviewers review the drafts to make sure that the most up-to-date and relevant information is included in each presentation.

One month prior to Annual Conference, final presentations are due to HIMSS. PIM also performs its final assessment at this juncture, assigning CME and/or CNE credits, as appropriate. Within this ever changing dynamic industry of health IT and management systems, this process presents the best practice on ensuring optimal, world-class education sessions.

Reviewer Requirements

  • Reviewer must be a HIMSS member
  • Reviewer must submit a completed reviewer application and a current curriculum vitae or resume

All candidates are evaluated by the Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC) and notified of their decision after their review of the completed application materials received.  Upon acceptance, an individual will be considered a conference peer reviewer.

Reviewer Benefits

  • Be first to read the education proposals submitted through the HIMSS Call for Proposals
  • Earn points toward senior/fellow advancement and CPHIMS/CAHIMS certification
  • Work with speakers to coach them through the presentation preparation process
  • Gain the opportunity to act as moderator at conference
  • Earn $100 discount towards your Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition registration fee

Reviewer Responsibilities

Review and score proposals:
Reviewers will review submitted annual conference proposals via the HIMSS website. A reviewer may expect to review and evaluate/score an average of 10-20 proposals in a given topic area. Proposals include the speaker information and subject matter content.

Recommend Proposals for the Annual Conference:
After reading and evaluating proposals, reviewers will work with their Annual Conference Education Committee topic category liaison in recommending proposals to move forward to the Annual Conference.

Work Directly with Accepted Speakers:
Reviewers will work one-to-one with one or two different speakers by guiding them through the presentation process. This process begins after the proposal selection process. The reviewer will be matched with a presentation that falls within their area of expertise and is responsible for assisting the speaker in developing their presentation materials. Reviewers will act as "sounding boards" for the speaker and provide constructive feedback on the speaker's presentation material.

Act as Moderator for Accepted Speakers:
Those reviewers who do work directly with an accepted speaker will be given the first opportunity to act as the session moderator at the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.

NOTE: To comply with the recently amended rules and regulations of our continuing education (CME) provider, preference in the choice of reviewers will be given to those who represent organizations with non-commercial interests.

If you have any questions regarding involvement in this process, please feel free to email your questions to Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education, at