The mission of HIMSS is to transform health and healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. To this end, HIMSS engages all relevant stakeholders, including senior executives of healthcare delivery organizations. Inspired by the Clinton Global Initiative, HIMSS commits to establishing and engaging a viable transformative executive community by activating and inspiring healthcare C-suite executives to commit, connect, develop, and execute initiatives in their organizations and communities. We commit to helping these leaders implement initiatives that harness IT to deliver practical, actionable and transformational outcomes over time. HIMSS also commits to fostering partnerships, providing strategic advice, and driving resources toward effective activities that will together be defined as a movement, achieving an enormous transformational change in healthcare. Finally, HIMSS commits to harnessing the experiences and energy of early IT adopters to help recruit and activate an increasingly-robust community of healthcare leaders. Through year-round events, research, networking and commitments to action, HIMSS will convene and connect senior healthcare leaders and help them translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. HIMSS will dedicate staff and funds in excess of $2,500,000 over the next five years to help achieve the desired results.
The Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP) will be launched in March 2013 at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA. HIMSS will invite senior executives to attend an exclusive event in which participants will engage in a workshop designed to help them identify their most pressing challenges and devise an action plan to address those challenges. HIMSS will continue to convene senior executives each year at subsequent annual conferences and exhibitions with the next one scheduled for February, 2014 in Orlando, FL.
Inspired by CGI, HIMSS will encourage participants to make commitments to their action plans. HIMSS will create a commitment to action form on which participants can identify specific action plans. HIMSS staff will track these plans and request annual progress updates. HIMSS will provide each year at its annual conference a report that summarizes the number of commitments made by its members, how much they have invested in their commitments and the number of lives directly impacted by their commitments. HIMSS will also provide on-line quarterly electronic medical record adoption trending information through its partner, HIMSS Analytics.
HIMSS will also seek collaborative partnerships with other health and healthcare associations where senior healthcare executives connect. HIMSS will work with those partners to convene smaller meetings virtually and at their respective conferences throughout the year. The first such virtual meeting is planned for the Spring 2013 and in-person meetings planned for 2014.
HIMSS will conduct up to four research projects per year that provide information to participants on the latest market trends related to the best use of information technology. We will publish the first report in March 2013 that addresses how executives engage in getting value from their information technology. Subsequent research topics will be determined from the challenges identified by workshop participants.
Information technology (IT) will play an integral role in the transformation of the American healthcare system. In The United States Institutes of Medicine (IOM) 1999 report, 'To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System', the IOM reported that as many as 98,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of medical errors. In 2001, the IOM issued a follow-up report named 'Crossing the Quality Chasm' which called for significant investment in IT to make healthcare safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient centered.
In 2009, the United States Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This legislation included provisions for significant investments in the meaningful use of IT in the American healthcare system. While evidence demonstrates that the ARRA has speeded progress towards widespread adoption and meaningful use of IT in healthcare, the healthcare sector continues to be alarmingly slow in embracing these life-changing technologies. Therefore, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is on a mission to transform healthcare through the best use of IT and management systems. HIMSS developed the Healthcare Transformation Project to help improve the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to care by helping decision makers in hospitals and physician practices demystify how best to harness the transformative power of IT and management systems.