The two major associations representing healthcare information technology professionals have agreed to proceed with a merger first announced last month.
The boards of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Chicago, and the Center for Healthcare Information Management, Ann Arbor, Mich., said last week that they will take the matter to their members for approval. Together, HIMSS and CHIM represent about 14,000 professionals.
"The end goal for all of us is to improve the delivery of care through effective use of information technology," said Carla Smith, CHIM's chief executive officer. The merger, she said, "will give us a stronger voice representing the industry in the area of advocacy."
Expected to close by year-end, the merger would involve HIMSS absorbing CHIM and its assets of approximately $600,000, plus office equipment, Smith said.
CHIM's chairman, Ivo Nelson, is scheduled to hand the reins to Chairman-elect Charles Lauer, publisher of Modern Healthcare, in January 2002. If the merger goes through as planned, Smith said, Lauer would become chairman of the merged organizations.