Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know if our organization is eligible for the HIMSS Organizational Affiliate program?

To be eligible for the Organizational Affiliate program, your organization must be a healthcare provider or a public non-profit institution directly allied to care delivery. We also have a program for academic institutions.

How do I know which program level is best for my organization?

Program types are based on the needs of your organization. You can contact Mary Griskewicz, Director, Strategic Sales at (203) 421-8317 or MGriskewicz@himss.org and she can assist you in choosing the best level for your organization.

What are some of the benefits unique to the Organizational Affiliate program?

  • Unlimited memberships for the employees in your organization
  • Complimentary registrations to HIMSS events
  • Access to the HIMSS eLearning Academy
  • EMR Adoption ModelSM report customized for your organization
  • Complimentary HIMSS & HIMSS Analytics publications
  • Account Manager dedicated to your organization’s needs
  • Discounts on HIMSS JobMine® services

My health system consists of many hospitals, clinics, etc. Is there a level available that will maximize more savings?

Yes, we can create a customized level (Premier) designed specifically for your health system.

My organization is a college or university.  Is there a program for us and our students?

Yes. The Academic Organizational Affiliate program is the right one for you.  The program offers unlimited free student memberships, five free faculty memberships, bookstore discounts, and more.

Is there limit to the total number of individual memberships my organization can have as an Organizational Affiliate?

No, as an Organizational Affiliate, your organization can have an unlimited number of Individual Memberships. Anyone from your organization can join, including your IT staff, IT stakeholders or project owners, and anyone who has an interest in health IT, including your key medical staff members involved in clinical informatics leadership roles. Academic OAs get unlimited free student memberships.

How will this program impact the current HIMSS members in my organization?

As an Organizational Affiliate, your current HIMSS members will be converted to an organizational individual membership. This is a seamless transition and does not impact a member’s benefits or personal information.

I’m a current member with several months left on my HIMSS membership. What happens to the remaining months on my membership by becoming an Organizational Affiliate?

HIMSS will credit the unused portion of all remaining individual memberships against the fee for the Organizational Affiliate program.

I’m also a CHIME member. Will I be able to continue my dual HIMSS-CHIME membership as an Organizational Affiliate?

Yes, once you become an Organizational Affiliate, CHIME will no longer invoice you for HIMSS membership. If you pay CHIME for your HIMSS renewal by mistake, HIMSS can process a refund for you.

As an Organizational Affiliate, do I receive a chapter membership?

Yes, all members of an Organizational Affiliate receive a free membership to the HIMSS chapter of their choice.

What benefits do individual HIMSS members receive?

Individual members have access to networking and education opportunities, resources & tools on the HIMSS website, free webinars, social networking, participation in committees and workgroups, publications, and many more benefits. Visit our individual membership page for more details.

Do the complimentary registrations for Annual Conference include additional events such as the CIO Forum or pre-conference workshops?

No, the complimentary registrations cover your conference registration fee, but do not include “add-on” events such as the CIO Forum, pre-conference workshops, symposia, etc.

Can I earn Continuing Education Credits or Units through the HIMSS eLearning Academy?

Yes, you can earn credits towards renewal for a number of certifications, such as CPHIMS, CAHIMS, and PMP.

As an Organizational Affiliate, what kind of discount will my staff get when they take the CPHIMS or CAHIMS exam?

Organizational Affiliates receive a 10% discount on the CAHIMS exam fee and 20% discount on the CAHIMS exam fee. Your staff must register for the exam with their work email address to get the discount.

How can I become an Organizational Affiliate?

Please contact Mary Griskewicz at (203) 421-8317 or MGriskewicz@himss.org to discuss which OA level is most appropriate for your organization and she will send you a contract for the program.

I just returned the signed contract for the Organizational Affiliate program. What happens next?

After you have returned the signed contract, you will be contacted by your account manager, who will schedule an orientation with you to help you maximize the benefits of the Organizational Affiliate Program.