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What’s Next for Health: Shaping Global Healthcare

Utilizing information and technology as a part of global healthcare efforts

As we look toward a brighter future in global healthcare, Steve Wretling, HIMSS CTIO, was asked to answer three questions around how HIMSS is driving what’s next for health. Here’s what he had to say.

How is HIMSS planning to use its scale to create positive change for its members?

At HIMSS, our mission is to reform the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology. We’re tackling this lofty goal by arming our 80,000+ members with the resources, expertise and support that they need to become active participants in shaping the future of global healthcare.

Because of our scale and neutrality, we’re able to access, participate in and lead many conversations taking place globally in healthcare, from the World Health Organization to the U.K.’s National Health Service to Capitol Hill and beyond. Having a seat at the table for important policy conversations and being invited to share guidance and feedback on emerging standards affords us influence on issues that matter. It also gives us the ability to learn from experts around the world, adopt best practices and help our members take that expertise back to their organizations.

The challenges facing global healthcare today can’t be solved by one organization alone, but fortunately we are 80,000 strong. And collectively, we are coming together to be changemakers—locally, regionally and globally—for better health for everyone.

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What is the advantage in a large organization with HIMSS’s scale and resources, as opposed to smaller, more localized or specialized organizations?

Our membership is diverse and truly global, which allows us to spot emerging trends and access solutions around the world. And our size and scale allows us to engage in conversations on many different topics in a variety of settings.

We might be best known for our global conference, but we’re so much more than a single event. We’re providing leadership 365 days per year, offering forums, membership opportunities and committees that allow people to stay ahead of industry changes and connect with new resources, whether they’re looking to provide better care for patients by using new technology, or gain better efficiency through payment models.

The variety of perspectives that our members bring to the table means that no matter who you are, where you’re based or what your role is in healthcare, HIMSS has something to offer you.

What is the single most important thing people should know about the new HIMSS?

In many ways, our mission is simple: We’re here to partner and provide the right information, connections and insights to empower our membership to transform health. We have no agenda aside from supporting industry leaders—whether they are clinicians, solution providers, payers or investors—as we pursue our shared goal of better health for everyone.

Today’s global healthcare environment is incredibly complex, and the pace of change can be overwhelming. For innovation to truly have an impact, it needs to be grounded in best practices. Ideas, systems and technology can be created, but until they’re applied in the right places and at the right time, they will fall flat.

We’re helping push things forward by providing insights and sharing our collective knowledge of what works and what doesn’t—and in doing so, we’re empowering our global community of changemakers to create a world where better health is possible for every patient.

Join Us as We Reimagine Health Through Information and Technology

At HIMSS, our vision is to realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere. Be part of the community that’s transforming the global health ecosystem with courage, curiosity and determination.

Be part of what’s next for health.