Student Case Competition

January 20 - February 24, 2021 | Conference

The HIMSS Student Case Competition provides opportunities for interdisciplinary student teams to compete for awards by demonstrating their proficiency in understanding the vast body of knowledge that comprises health information and technology.

By analyzing a HIMSS-supplied case study, teams have the opportunity to design the future with an eye toward transformative care today. From this analysis, teams apply recommendations that support current health information and technology practices that involve transformative care, while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the federal and state levels.

Why participate?             

The HIMSS Student Case Competition provides an opportunity for students to expand their health information and technology knowledge and develop professionally.

  • Gain a competitive edge. Get an advantage over others who have not been involved in the analysis and recommendations of content based on a case competition. Add your competition experience to your portfolio of experience.
  • Get exposure to health information and technology professionals. Interact with and learn from selection committee members, judges, HIMSS chapter members, HIMSS staff and other industry professionals.
  • Showcase your school’s talent. Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and get a win for both you and your school.
  • Explore networking opportunities. Engage with leaders, colleagues and potential employers from across the healthcare ecosystem at local, regional, national and global levels.


To participate in the HIMSS Student Case Competition, teams must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time academic program in a health informatics or related healthcare discipline at a U.S. Department of Education or a Council for Higher Accreditation accredited program
  • Participate in a team of no more than three members comprising undergraduate or graduate students, residents and/or fellows
  • Want to create a professionally developed, quality analysis of a HIMSS-supplied case
  • Include case analysis findings that include a public policy component
  • Be willing to travel to the 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition and present findings of the case study during an education session on Wednesday, August 11, 2021
  • Not currently serve on the HIMSS Board of Directors or any HIMSS advisory boards
  • Not be currently employed by HIMSS, nor engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS
  • If team is selected as the competition winner, within six months of receiving the award, the team will provide HIMSS a minimum of two (2) pieces of content (blog postings, podcast interview, article, etc.) about the experiences in the analysis and design of a winning student case submission

Submission Requirements

To compete in the HIMSS Student Case Competition, teams must do the following:

  • Complete the online application
  • Email us:
    • A paper that creates a compelling analysis of the case, using your academic institution’s guidelines for papers. For the initial review, judges will focus only on the content of the paper.
    • A draft PowerPoint slide deck that visually describes the analysis in the paper. The deck will only be used by finalists in their presentation to the judges. Should your team be a finalist, you will have the opportunity to update your deck before the judges review it.

Awards and Recognition

In recognition of the work required to prepare a winning case analysis, HIMSS is pleased to provide awards for first, second and third places.

  • First Place: Complimentary full registration for up to three (3) team members and one (1) faculty member to attend the 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition. All expenses paid for up to three (3) attendees to include: two (2) nights' hotel to attend the conference; coach airfare (up to $450); and $200 honorarium. Opportunity to present analysis of case competition during the conference; symbol of recognition; and public announcement in an official HIMSS publication and on relevant website(s).
  • Second Place: Complimentary full registration for up to three (3) team members and one (1) faculty member to attend the 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition; symbol of recognition; public announcement in an official HIMSS publication and on relevant website(s).
  • Third Place: Symbol of recognition; public announcement in an official HIMSS publication and on relevant website(s).

Judging Criteria

  • Definition of the Future State: Analyses should demonstrate understanding of the current state of health information and technology perspectives found in the organization, why changes need to occur, and insights into how to ensure the organization is successful past 2021.
  • Technology: Based on the definition of the future state, analyses should include recommendations of the technology and policy needed to transform care and a justification for the types of technology identified.
  • Processes: Based on the technology recommended, analyses should include the impact to workflow, people, workforce, current designs, redesigns, etc. in ensuring that the future state is achievable beyond 2021.
  • Value: Realizing value is critical in today’s health information and technology environment. Responses should include an alignment of strategy to value by showing the achievement of both quality and financial metrics.
  • Advocacy: The impact of healthcare goes well beyond the local community. Responses should include perspectives on how to engage public policy from both state and federal perspectives for the transformation of the organization’s health information and technology agenda to a beacon, representing a benchmark for other organizations to follow.

Key Dates

  • Submissions Due: February 24, 2021
  • Judging Panel Reviews Cases: March 3 – April 1, 2021
  • Applicants Notified of Disposition: April 2, 2021
  • Virtual Presentations of Finalists With Judges: April 28, 2021
  • Notification of Placement: April 30, 2021
  • Presentation at HIMSS21: August 11, 2021

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