HIMSS, SHS offer two memberships for the price of one

By Healthcare IT News
12:00 AM

Reaching out to healthcare professionals in management engineering and performance improvement, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Society for Health Systems (SHS) will offer dual membership to individuals interested in joining both organizations. The collaborative agreement, which was effective May 1, offers expanded benefits with specific enhancements in the areas of membership, education, and publications.

"While serving healthcare management engineers and performance improvement professionals is core to both SHS and HIMSS, each organization has different strengths," said Steve Escamilla, SHS president. "We are hoping to leverage these strengths to provide options for all management engineers, especially to benefit those who are members of both organizations."

Management engineers and performance improvement professionals who work in healthcare can join both organizations for one membership fee, an option especially helpful to individuals whose organizations will pay for just one professional membership. However, SHS membership will still include membership in the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

From a professional development perspective, the SHS Board has agreed to hold the SHS Annual Conference on the Saturday and Sunday, instead of the Friday and Saturday before the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. As a result, members with dual membership who want to attend both conferences will need fewer travel days and will receive a registration discount for the HIMSS Conference. This option makes attending both conferences more feasible and enhances opportunities for networking and education.

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SHS and HIMSS have also agreed to collaborate on other publications and education opportunities. More information will be developed in the upcoming months regarding this endeavor.

"The alliance with SHS provides a balanced and an expanded membership option for those HIMSS members who work in management engineering," said H. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS president and CEO. "Establishing the joint membership community solidifies the connection between SHS and HIMSS and offers strategic professional development benefits to professionals who belong, or want to belong, to both organizations."

To discuss eligibility for dual membership, current SHS members can contact IIE / SHS Member and Customer Support at (800) 494-0460, (770) 449-0460, or cs@iienet.org . HIMSS members can contact HIMSS Member Services at membership@himss.org .

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