HIMSS Writing Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for HIMSS Resources. We are always looking for content that expands our reader’s knowledge and understanding of health information and technology. Priority is given to our members and partners for publishing, as well as alignment with our editorial direction.

If published, you have the potential to reach upwards of 337,000 readers. Posts receive about 500 views each, on average, with most readers staying more than three minutes.

Most posts are shared on our social channels, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with a combined following of more than 186,000.

Read our HIMSS Global Health Conference Writing Guidelines
Read our HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Writing Guidelines

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

  • Contributors to a HIMSS initiative
  • Diamond Members
  • Individual Members
  • Nonprofit Partners
  • Organizational Affiliates

Gold, Platinum and Emerald Partners please contact corporatememberinfo@himss.org for details.

Please note, HIMSS is not currently contracting with freelance writers for content.

Before You Start

Please submit your idea for consideration using our HIMSS Resources Content Submission Form.

What We're Looking For

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

Focus on a specific area of your topic and go deep rather than generalizing the whole topic. When discussing pain points, be actionable and solutions based. Give examples and metrics whenever possible.

If writing about an event or initiative, take a deep dive into the concepts around the event or initiative, rather than focusing on the event or initiative itself.

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

Incorporate subheads and bullets. Keep paragraphs short.

We find that posts do best when they’re actionable: my journey to, strategies for, what you need to know.

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

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

Review and Posting Process

After submitting the HIMSS Resources Content Submission Form, if your concept is approved, you will be asked to prepare a draft. The HIMSS team will review your draft and if accepted, edit as needed. Please note we allow for one round of rewrites by the author.

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

After your piece is published, we’ll send a link. We ask that you share the post with your personal and professional networks. Because of site optimization, we ask that the content not be published on another site.

How We Share Your Insights

Posts are shared on HIMSS websites as appropriate and oftentimes on our social channels, based on relevancy and timeliness.

Suggested Topics

  • Accountable care
  • Informatics
  • Application programming interfaces
  • Interoperability and health information exchange
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Patient safety and quality care
  • Blockchain
  • Payers and health plans
  • Compliance and risk management
  • Population health
  • Connected health
  • Precision medicine
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and security
  • Process improvement
  • Electronic health records
  • Telehealth
  • Health business solutions
  • Women in health IT

Post Examples

Policy Needs for Effective Artificial Intelligence Innovation, Regulation and Adoption
Women in Health IT Can Unleash a Huge Advantage
Why Health IT Must Consider Physician Workflow

Please Note

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

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

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.

Updated November 8, 2019