Defining the Future of Transformative Care Today

Purpose and History

The HIMSS Student Case Competition (The Competition) provides opportunities for inter-disciplinary teams comprised of undergraduate, graduate, residents or Fellows to demonstrate proficiency in understanding of the vast body of knowledge that comprises health information technology. By analyzing a HIMSS-supplied case study, teams have the opportunity to “design the future” with an eye towards transformative care today. From this analysis, teams should apply recommendations that support current health information technology practices that involve transformative care while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the Federal and State level.

The Competition was established with a generous donation honoring former HIMSS employee Marc Holland. As a vice president of HIMSS Analytics, Marc was engaged in his life’s work. Although his life was cut short unexpectedly, HIMSS is grateful to honor Marc’s passion and conviction for health information technology with a competition designed for students.

Established: 2017

The submission period for this competition typically opens late summer/early fall each year. 

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HIMSS involvement provides an opportunity to continually develop professionally, regardless of one’s level of engagement.

  • Gain a Competitive Edge. By participating in the HIMSS Student Case Competition, students gain a competitive advantage over others who have not been involved in the analysis and recommendations of content based on a case competition. This experience can then be added to the student's portfolio of experience on a resume or elsewhere.
  • Receive Exposure to Health IT Professionals. Interaction and experience of those involved with the Case Competition Selection Committee (CCSC) as well as attendees to the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition and beyond, will have the opportunity to understand the process, the finalists, and the winning team. Once a team wins, professional touchpoints include the chapter level, judges, HIMSS staff, and collaborators.
  • Showcase Your School’s Talent. Students representing their academic affiliation will bring prestige to the health informatics conversation with a convergence of classroom theory to real-world application.
  • Networking Opportunities. Engage with leaders, colleagues, and future employers from across the healthcare ecosystem found locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

To be eligible to participate in the HIMSS Student Case Competition, Teams must demonstrate the following:

  • Currently enrolled in either a part-time or full-time academic program, in a health informatics or related healthcare discipline, at a United States Department of Education or a Council for Higher Accredidation accredited program;
  • A desire to create a professionally-developed, quality analysis of a HIMSS-supplied case;
  • Include case analysis findings that include a public policy component;
  • Participate in a team with no more than three (3) members;
  • The willingness to travel to the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition and present the findings of the case study in during a general education session (date TBD).
  • Is not currently serving on one of HIMSS boards (HIMSS NA, HIMSS Analytics, PCHA, etc.);
  • Cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, nor engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS; and
  • Agree, if Teams are selected as winners of the Competition, that, within six months of receiving the Award, the winning teams (both first and second place) will provide HIMSS a minimum of two (2) pieces of content (blog postings, interview for podcast, article, etc.) about their experiences in the analysis, experience, and design of a winning student case submission.

  Definition of the Future State. Analyses should demonstrate the team’s understanding of the current state of the health information technology perspectives found in the organization, why changes need to occur and provide insights into how to achieve this goal of ensuring that this organization is successful past 2020.
  Technology. Based on the definition of the future state, analyses will 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 2020.
  Value. Realizing value is critical in today’s health IT 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 perspective from both the State and the Federal perspective for the transformation of this organization’s health IT agenda to a beacon, representing a benchmark for other organizations to follow.

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The HIMSS 2020 Student Case Competition utilized a case study focused on medication safety strategy from 2015 Davies enterprise award recipient Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

The HIMSS Student Case Competition Award Winning Team Awards consist of:

  • Symbol of recognition;
  • Public announcement in an official HIMSS publication and on relevant website(s);
  • In recognition of the work required to prepare a winning case analysis, HIMSS is pleased to provide awards for first and second places.

Two (2) winning teams, with a maximum of three (3) team members each (although more may help analyze the case), will receive the following awards:

  • 1st Place: All-expenses paid for up to three (3) attendees to include; two (2) nights' hotel to attend the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, coach airfare (up to $450), $200 honorarium, and an opportunity to present the analysis of the case competition during the conference (date TBD). Complimentary registration for one (1) faculty member to attend the HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition also included.
  • 2nd Place: Complimentary full conference registration for up to three (3) team members and one (1) faculty member to attend the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition.

Closing Copy

We were so pleased to see the creation of the HIMSS Student Case competition in honor of our late father, Marc Holland. Many of the technological innovations taking place today in the healthcare sector, and indeed the world, were his vision from his very first job as an IT analyst with the Montefiore Medical Center in the 1970's. Advocating for universal access to digital medical records, using technology to coordinate care among practitioners and hospital networks, while maintaining security and privacy, was a lonely crusade in the late 1970's and early 1980's. It wasn't until data became a ubiquitous part of our lives in the early 2000's that the work he cared so deeply about came into the mainstream. Therefore, this competition is very fitting of his legacy. Thank you!

Craig Holland and Michele Groner
Children of Marc Holland