The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems have formed an alliance in order to better focus a strategy to address physician health information technology needs and concerns, the groups said.
The purpose of the alliance, to be called the HIMSS Physician Community, is to "articulate a cohesive voice for HIMSS physicians and to provide leadership, guidance and domain expertise to HIMSS' activities, industry initiatives and collaborations with physicians societies," a news release said. It will focus on providing tools, resources, education, research and professional development for physicians engaged in the development and use of IT systems; and providing input on public-policy, private-sector and standard-setting initiatives.
The new organization will be led by a 10-person committee with both the 20,000-member, Chicago-based HIMSS and the 1,800-member, Lake Almanor, Calif.-based AMDIS jointly staffing and providing volunteers. Its chair will alternate every two years between the two organizations, the release said. The group's first meeting will be July 24 at the 16th annual Physician-Computer Connection Symposium at the Ojai (Calif.) Valley Inn.