To be eligible to serve as a committee member, an applicant must have belonged to HIMSS for more than the past 12 consecutive months from the date nominations open. Applicants cannot be currently serving in a leadership position (ex: Committee Chair or Board of Directors), nor hold a current committee appointment within the Society.
Ineligible member types: Chapter only and Online only.
*To check your membership status and history, log into your account and your member-since date will be shown in the Member Summary section of the Dashboard tab.
Yes, a member can hold both a local chapter leadership role and serve as a national committee member.
Serving on a committee gives HIMSS members the opportunity to contribute to public policy and HIMSS initiatives. It provides many opportunities to network with other industry experts and career-minded professionals. Members work to develop and deploy tools and resources for the benefit of all levels of health IT professionals. They participate in thought leadership development, act as speakers for various educational events, and serve as subject matter experts.
Time commitment and responsibilities vary from committee to committee. The average time expected from a committee member is three hours per month. Each committee will hold at least one one-hour virtual meeting per month. Standard committee terms are two years, beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
Each committee, on average, has 12 members. HIMSS has designed its committees in such a way that approximately 50% of the volunteers on each committee rotate annually. This results in somewhere between 4–7 openings for new volunteers to be selected for appointments on each committee, allowing for an influx of new volunteers while preserving some measure of continuity in a committee's work. Members generally serve a two-year term, with chairs serving a one-year term. Terms run from July to June.
The Annual Call for Committee Volunteers will take place through an online application process. The existing Committee Chairperson and staff liaison will carefully review the applications; they may convene interview-type calls with candidates and check references. Once this investigative work is complete, a formal presentation of recommendations will be made to the Chair-Elect of the HIMSS Board of Directors, who will make the final committee appointments.
The criteria used to select new committee members includes but is not limited to ensuring that:
Many committees have affiliated workgroups, taskforces and roundtables, all of which involve smaller time commitments and no membership requirement. These affiliations are great opportunities to learn about a committee and gain experience before applying to serve as a full member. There is a listing of additional opportunities to get involved on each individual committee page.