On July 1, 2010 HIMSS began its year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Founded in October 1961 as the Hospital Management Systems Society, the Society held its first conference in 1962 in conjunction with the American Hospital Association Advanced Institute on Methods Improvement. After a five-decade evolution, HIMSS now stands as the largest not-for-profit membership association in the U.S. dedicated to the cause of transforming healthcare through the use of IT and management systems. Through the combined efforts of its more than 30,000 individual, 470 corporate and 85 not-for-profit affiliate members, the Society has become a global leader in health IT and management systems with offices in Chicago; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Arlington, Va.; Brussels, Leipzig and Singapore.
HIMSS is planning a variety of activities to celebrate its silver anniversary culminating at the 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb.20-24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Visit the HIMSS Web site for periodic updates on the anniversary activities. The HIMSS11 Web site launches in late August and will have information on the HIMSS 50th Birthday Celebration. To find out more about the Society's history, read The History of HIMSS compiled by the HIMSS Legacy Workgroup.