Monday, December 5, 2011


Transforming Healthcare with Mobile Technology, HIMSS Launches mHIMSS

mHIMSS serves the many healthcare stakeholders who have access to mobile technology, to help better serve patients with improved quality of care

Mobile technology is transforming healthcare and has the ability to revolutionize healthcare delivery in the US and abroad.

Recognizing that trend, HIMSS launches its new initiative, mHIMSS, to lead healthcare transformation through the best use of mobile technology and equip healthcare stakeholders with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the potential of mobile. Thus, care may be improved, safety and access to care increased, and costs better controlled. The HIMSS Board of Directors unanimously approved this new initiative.

“With mHIMSS, we can engage the many healthcare stakeholders, such as clinicians, payers and consumers, who have access to mobile technologies and use it to better serve patients with improved quality, access, and cost-effectiveness of care,” said Edna Boone, MA, CPHIMS, Senior Director, Mobile Health Initiatives, HIMSS. Boone explained 72 percent of US physicians have a smart phone with that number expected to reach more than 80 percent in 2012, according to May 2010 Trends in Mobile Medicine, Smart Phone Apps for Physicians, published in FirstWordSM Dossier. “With the many mobile options available to healthcare providers and other stakeholders, mHIMSS will address related operations, security, policy, and legal and integration capabilities related to mobile technology use, workflow issues, and data exchange in the healthcare system,” said Boone.

mHIMSS membership is free to all current individual HIMSS members, who can opt-in by logging into the membership section of the website. Members will receive an e-newsletter, invitations to special mHIMSS events and education, access to the new website and more. mHIMSS activities under development include:

•A privacy-security toolkit specific to mobile and wireless technologies;
•HIMSS12 educational track on mobile health and a mobile knowledge center on the exhibit show floor;
•The HIT X.0: Beyond the Edge at HIMSS12, on Feb. 21-23, with education on mobile technologies;
•Events at the international, national and regional levels, plus virtual programming;
•mHIMSS advisory council with members who are payers, providers, policy-makers, patient representatives, and others, to review, identify and develop overall policy strategies related to mobile technology; and
•Current and regularly updated online resources that include white papers, blog posts, news and interaction with organizations involved in healthcare mobile technologies, workflow, and data exchange.

2011 Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey. A new survey from HIMSS also highlights trends in clinicians’ use of mobile technology. Nearly all of the 164 respondents participating in the 1st Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, indicated that clinicians at their organization accessed information using a mobile device, with laptop computers and computers/workstations on wheels
(COWs/WOWs) being most widely used. Review the complete survey report on the mHIMSS website.

mHIMSS website: The mHIMSS website launched on Dec. 1; the mobile version, making the viewing experience on a handheld device even better, was introduced at the mHealth Summit, hosted by the NIH Foundation from Dec. 5-7 in Washington, DC. HIMSS is a Summit partner and is offering:

•HIT X.O powered by mHIMSS, an education track with five education sessions showing how mobile technologies are being used to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care;
•H-I-T Pavilion on the show floor where attendees can interact with exhibitors presenting mobile health solutions; and, for the first time at the Summit,
•mHIMSS Venture Fair where companies with entrepreneurial mobile health ideas can interact with investors.

“As a cause-based organization focused on improving healthcare with the best use of health IT and management systems, we consider mHIMSS as the go-to organization with resources to equip healthcare settings around the world as they harness the best use of mobile technologies to improve care, safety, and access, while simultaneously decreasing costs,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS. “Members engaged in mHIMSS will gain valuable education, networking, tools, and even more, as we continue to build this new collaborative effort.”

Visit the mHIMSS website at for more information.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, 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 over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS 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. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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