Outliers thought it had a scoop: Under the cover of darkness (or at least without a news release) the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society officially changes its name to HIMSS. Just in terms of the space saved it was a blockbuster: 48 letters vs. five. We can say a lot in the space saved by those 43 letters. In fact, we just did in that last sentence.
Outliers: When is it just HIMSS? Only their friends know
Reporters everywhere were thrilled at the thought they no longer would have to go back and check whether the “H” stands for “health” or “healthcare” or double-check where the “and” is supposed to go.
But alas, it is not to be. Sigh.
Seems Outliers was confused by an internal policy at HIMSS that has the group now just using the acronym “among friends.”
“If people know who we are, we’re not using it. When people don’t know who we are, we spell it out,” says Joyce Lofstrom, a HIMSS spokeswoman.
But how do they know who knows who they are? Only HIMSS knows.
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