HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the healthcare industry's dominant membership organization, exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health. Worldwide, HIMSS represents more than 13,000 individual members and some 150 member corporations that employ more than one million people. HIMSS shapes and directs healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to quality patient care. In Canada we have different organizations with different mandates. HIMSS has history, reputation, programs, networks and more. We need to encourage them and work with them.
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