HIMSS partners with UK Department for International Trade to advance cross-border digital health collaboration

The partnership will be formally launched at the HETT show taking place in London this October

[London, 30 September 2019] HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, has announced today that it will be working with Healthcare UK, part of the UK Department for International Trade, funded by NHS England and Department for Health and Social Care, through its Partner Innovation Exchange initiative.

Healthcare UK’s mission is to support the NHS and the UK’s private healthcare sector in trade and investment worldwide through the UK’s embassy networks overseas. It builds the NHS’ capability to export its expertise through a suite of programmes, including the Export Catalyst and the Export Collaborative.

HIMSS, a global mission-driven, non-profit organisation, provides expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise stakeholders on best practices in health and information and technology.

By teaming up with HIMSS, Healthcare UK will seek to share the UK’s learning with other nations and bring in innovation, ideas and investment back to the NHS and to the wider UK region, leveraging the global network of the organisation.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Rahul Agarwal, Healthcare UK Export Hub Lead, said:

“Healthcare UK recognises HIMSS innovative platforms, important international communities and vision to build better health systems for patients globally through information and technology. Both organisations recognise the 70+ years of NHS skills and experience in providing high quality, innovative care to patients underpinned by the values of universal healthcare coverage.

“Together we want to facilitate the NHS to enter the international market and help achieve both our goals to maximise impact in sharing innovation and bringing better patient outcomes both to the UK and globally.”

Sean Roberts, HIMSS EMEA Vice President, said:

“At HIMSS, a lot of our focus is on encouraging collaboration and innovation across the healthcare and information and technology space. This is important to the NHS today, and we are delighted to partner with Healthcare UK to provide thought leadership and subject matter expertise from across the globe.

“Through our innovation companies, including Health 2.0 and Healthbox, global educational platforms and engaging events, we will support Healthcare UK and the wider Department for International Trade facilitate international cooperation for the benefit of patients, the workforce and the wider health service in the UK.”

The new partnership will be formally launched at the HETT conference, taking place in London at the ExCeL centre on 1-2 October, expected to attract over 3,000 attendees from the sector. HIMSS is the official knowledge partner of the show and is organising a digital maturity theatre, interactive sessions and providing full HIMSS TV coverage on-site through the HIMSS@HETT collaboration.


HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology.

Through our innovation companies, HIMSS delivers key insights, education and events to healthcare providers, governments and market suppliers, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision. As an association, HIMSS encompasses more than 80,000 individual members and 650 corporate members.

We partner with hundreds of providers, academic institutions and health services organisations on strategic initiatives that leverage innovative information and technology. Together, we work to improve health, access and the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS serves the global health information and technology communities with focused operations across North America, Europe, United Kingdom, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. www.himss.org

About Healthcare UK

Healthcare UK is a joint initiative of the Department for International Trade, NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care.  We help UK healthcare providers to do more business overseas, by promoting the UK healthcare sector to overseas markets and supporting healthcare partnerships between the UK and overseas healthcare providers. We partner with a wide range of UK private and public sector organisations, ranging from NHS Trusts, to academic institutions and the Department of Health and Social Care arm’s length bodies.

We work with the NHS to strengthen its capability and capacity to operate and succeed internationally. International healthcare organisations work with us because we offer a trusted route for developing world-class health services. We use our networks to facilitate government-to-government engagement for large healthcare programmes.

As part of the Department for International Trade, we work with our overseas network of Trade and Investment Advisers located in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates in 109 markets over 100 markets, providing tailored support to UK companies.

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