HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ Blog Writing Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing your thought leadership to the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase blog series.

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Our Readership

Content should be suitable for audiences ranging from those who want to learn about health information and technology, to those who are subject matter experts.

Our readers include executives, IT professionals, clinical providers, public policy professionals and investors.

Who Can Write

We accept blog posts for consideration from all Interoperability Showcase participants.

Posting Location Selection

Interoperability Showcase participants can select one of two posting locations: HIMSS.org or HIMSSconference.org. Please read the following guidelines before selecting a posting location. If a posting location is not identified, HIMSS will determine the appropriate posting location.


If published, your content has the potential to reach upwards of 337,000 readers from healthcare and IT professionals to executives and entrepreneurs. Posts receive close to 600 views each, on average, with most readers staying about three minutes.

What We Can’t Include

  • Author bios
  • Brand/company/product references
  • Company boilerplates
  • Company logos
  • Event booth numbers
  • Non-HIMSS event promotions
  • Political references
  • Previously published content
  • Product images
  • Unsourced images
  • HIMSSconference.org

    If published, your content has the potential to reach readers from around the globe including India, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. Posts receive close to 500 views each, on average, with most readers staying about three minutes.

    What We Can’t Include

  • Author bios
  • Company boilerplates
  • Company logos
  • Non-HIMSS event promotions
  • Political references
  • Product images
  • Unsourced images
  • What Writing Style Works

    Write in a conversational, non-technical way. If using technical language, provide an explanation in common terms.

    We find that blog posts do best when they take a personal approach: my journey, making my mark, becoming an influencer.

    Focus on a specific area of your topic and go deep rather than generalizing the whole topic. Give examples and metrics whenever possible.

    If writing about the Interoperability Showcase, focus on a topic tied to the showcase, rather than the showcase itself.

    If referencing a report, article, etc., please include a link to the source material.

    Incorporate subheads and bullets. Keep paragraphs short.

    Posts can range in length from 600 to 2,000+ words. Keep it simple – see how few words you can use rather than how many.

    Deadline for Contribution

    Blog posts are due Monday, December 3, 2018. Posts submitted after this date are not guaranteed to publish.

    Review and Posting Process

    Send the following to Showcase@himss.org:

    • Word document with your content
    • JPG of your headshot
    • Organization name and job title
    • Posting location selection

    The HIMSS team will review your content and if accepted, edit as needed. This process takes about a week.

    You’ll have the opportunity to do a final review of the edited content.

    Once final, you will be sent the scheduled date your blog will be posted. Publish dates are subject to change.

    After your piece is posted, you will be sent a link. We ask that you share the HIMSS post of your content through your networks and incorporate the hashtag #HIMSS19 and #EmpowerHIT.

    How We Share Your Thought Leadership

    Most posts are shared on our social channels, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with a combined following of more than 55,000.

    We also encourage you to link back to the post through your personal and professional networks.

    HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase Post Examples

    2018: The Year of the Last Mile in Interoperability

    From Despair and Frustration to Action: Beating a Path to Zero Medication Errors

    Integrating Emergency Medical Services into the Healthcare System

    Please Note

    HIMSS reserves the right not to post a submitted guest blog post and to edit and adjust as needed, now and in the future.

    Please do not republish the piece in full on your or your company’s website, but please feel free to post an excerpt linking to the full piece.

    A call to action tied to HIMSS content and initiatives may be added.

    The post will be identified as sponsored content.

    The following disclaimer will appear on all guest posts:
    The views and opinions expressed in this blog or by commenters are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HIMSS or its affiliates.

    Your piece may be shared on HIMSS channels, including, but not limited to, HIMSS.org, HIMSSconference.org, newsletters, emails and social media channels.