HIMSS20 Call For Reviewers

The HIMSS20 Global Conference & Exhibition Education Session Call for Reviewers is now closed.

What is a Call for Reviewers?

HIMSS members may review and recommend proposals that have been submitted for the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition within their areas of expertise.  The peer review process used by HIMSS enhances the efficiency and maximizes the quality of the education offerings to our conference attendees. HIMSS Global Conference Reviewers are the backbone of the entire HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition 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 the Global Conference Education Committee (GCEC) 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 GCEC selects initial proposals and to ensure the optimal timeliness and relevance of the subject, speakers are notified of the GCEC'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, GCEC 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 the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, 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 information and technology, this process presents the best practice on ensuring optimal, world-class education sessions.

Reviewer Requirements:

  • Be a current HIMSS member (member number is required to submit the application).
  • Submit a completed reviewer application and a current curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise in one or more of the HIMSS20 topic categories selected for consideration.

HIMSS Criteria:

  • Qualified Reviewers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No more than five reviewers will be selected from the same organization.
  • Reviewers selected must be commercially unbiased in reviewing, scoring, and recommending  proposals.

All candidates are evaluated by the Global Conference Education Committee (GCEC) and notified of their decision after their review of the completed application materials and current resume/CV are 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
  • Mentor speakers through the presentation preparation process
  • Earn $100 discount towards your HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition registration fee

Reviewer Responsibilities

Review and score proposals:
Reviewers will review submitted 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:
After reading and evaluating proposals, reviewers will work with their Global Conference Education Committee topic category liaison in recommending proposals to move forward to the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition.

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 Session Moderators:
Those reviewers who do work directly with an accepted speaker will be given the first opportunity to act as the session moderator at the Global HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.  A session moderator meets the speaker onsite, assists the speaker in the education session room, and completes an online session evaluation.

If you have any questions regarding involvement in this process, please feel free to email your questions to Deb Clough, Manager of Global Conference Education, at dclough@himss.org.

Reviewer's Time Commitment / Timeline

HIMSS 2020 Call for Proposal/Reviewer Deadlines
May 1, 2019 HIMSS20 Call for Reviewers opens via Web site
May 9, 2019 | 10am CT Creating A Sound Proposal for HIMSS20: A Detailed Overview
May 15, 2019 | 2pm CT Creating A Sound Proposal for HIMSS20: A Detailed Overview
May 31, 2019 HIMSS20 Call for Reviewers Closes
June 10, 2019 HIMSS20 Call for Proposals opens via Web site
June 12, 2019 Reviewers notified of acceptance and assigned duties
June 20, 2019 Reviewers Orientation
July 15, 2019 HIMSS20 Call for Proposals Closes
July 22 – August 5, 2019 Step 1 GCEC & Reviewers read proposals and score online
August 12 - 23, 2019 Step 2 GCEC & Reviewers discuss via WebEx proposal recommendations
August 27-29, 2019 GCEC Planning Meeting - Committee members meet to select final proposals
September 26, 2019 Proposal submitters notified of proposal acceptance/decline status
If proposal is accepted:
October 21, 2019 Reviewers assigned as session Mentors
October 31, 2019 Speaker orientation webinar, Reviewer/Mentors invited to attend
January 13, 2020 First draft of presentation materials due to Reviewer/Mentor and HIMSS
January 13 – 27, 2020 Reviewer/Mentor review of presentations; comments sent back to presenters
January 27 – Feb 3, 2020 Speaker revision of presentations (if necessary)
February 3, 2020 FINAL speaker presentation materials due
February 3, 2020 All presentations to CE provider and HIMSS Staff for review
February 25, 2020 Ready, Set, Go Speaker Webinar
March 9 – 13, 2020 2020 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, Orlando, FL