Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a 501(c)6 organization dedicated to improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to, healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. Founded in 1961 it has offices in Chicago and Washington D.C. HIMSS represents more than 23,000 individual members, of which 73% work in the patient care setting. HIMSS also includes over 380 corporate members and 50+ not-for-profit organizations that share the mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of IT and management systems.
HIMSS was organized in 1961 as the Hospital Management Systems Society (HMSS), an independent, unincorporated, nonprofit association of individuals. The society was co-founded by Edward J. Gerner and Harold E. Smalley. In late 1961, the constitution of the HMSS was drafted and approved and in 1962, the first national convention was held in Baltimore. In 1963, the second national HMSS convention was held in Chicago and the following year the HMSS national headquarters were moved to Chicago. In 1967, the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of HMSS were written and approved. By 1982, HMSS had 15 affiliated chapters (14 in the US and 1 in Australia). In 1986, the HMSS was renamed to include "Information" in the title. By 1996, membership had grown to 7,500.
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