HIMSS is a nonprofit, cause-based organization focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. The organization was founded in 1961 and has related organizations headquartered in Chicago, with additional offices in the US, Europe, and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations.
HIMSS also includes more than 540 corporate members and more than 120 nonprofit organizations that shares the same mission. The organization frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. HIMSS owns a majority stake in MedTech Media, publisher of Healthcare IT News.