Moving Health IT Ahead with New HIMSS Medical Banking Project

Repost from HIMSS Medical Banking Project site

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Medical Banking Project Announce Unification

CHICAGO (Oct. 29, 2009) – As the convergence between banking and healthcare information technology accelerates, HIMSS and the Medical Banking Project have come together to form the HIMSS Medical Banking Project.  HIMSS President & CEO H. Stephen Lieber and MBProject Founder John Casillas made a joint announcement today in Chicago and at the Southern California Health Care Summit in Ontario, Calif.

The collaboration brings together two organizations with similar organizational mission statements with both focused on leveraging IT to achieve efficiencies, cost savings and overall improvement in healthcare delivery.

“The HIMSS Medical Banking Project provides a banking technology stakeholder perspective to the Society that positions HIMSS as a single industry resource with all major financial, administrative and clinical stakeholders,” said Mr. Lieber.  “With quality education and thought leadership as hallmarks of HIMSS, we look forward to providing the industry’s leading educational platform to advance the medical banking industry and to encouraging policies and practices that achieve more efficient financial transactions.”

That platform through the HIMSS MBProject aligns two expanding areas – health IT and banking – to create a new HIMSS membership community in medical banking.  This new focus fosters much-needed education and cross-industry dialogue between the banking and healthcare IT communities to expand and build current HIMSS MBProject programs that include industry forums, work groups and annual institute.

The new HIMSS medical banking community is focused on banks, providers, payers and employers, audiences that can benefit from innovations in health IT and banking. Current membership of the MBProject is 42 organizational and 163 individual members. Mr. Casillas joins HIMSS as Senior Vice President managing the medical banking content area.

To provide ongoing programming for this membership constituency, HIMSS will incorporate medical banking issues into many of its initiatives. The HIMSS MBProject also will continue collaborating with leading and global trade groups to build and expand established programs targeted to the new banking technology stakeholder.

“The HIMSS Medical Banking Project expands our outreach and ability to facilitate a strategic dialogue between banks and healthcare IT communities,” said Mr. Casillas, HIMSS Senior Vice President. “I look forward to working with HIMSS and its members to position medical banking as one of the drivers for reduced healthcare costs and improved healthcare delivery.”

About HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a comprehensive healthcare-stakeholder membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, Singapore, and other locations across the United States, HIMSS represents more than 23,000 individual members, of which 73% work in patient care delivery settings. HIMSS also includes over 380 corporate members and nearly 30 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 public policy and industry practices through its educational, professional development, and advocacy initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.