Leaders of the Needham, Mass.-based computer industry standards organization Object Management Group (OMG), and the Chicago, Ill.-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems, have agreed to collaborate on several fronts, including standards development, conferences and resources such as whitepapers and webinars.
OMG will become an Affiliate Member of HIMSS, and HIMSS will become a Domain Member of OMG. This collaboration will result in a new effort to deliver healthcare industry-specific guidance and specifications enabling the national vision of secure and seamless exchange of health information.
Ken Rubin, co-chair of OMG’s Healthcare Divison, said the two organizations working together is a natural, symbiotic relationship. He said he believes OMG can positively contribute to the HIMSS community, and look forward to closer collaboration to better meet the challenges faced within health and health IT.
Initial collaborative activities include OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force participation in upcoming HIMSS events such as a Connectathon, a presentation on enterprise architecture during the November HIMSS virtual conference, and a presence at HIMSS12, scheduled for February 20-24 in Las Vegas. HIMSS will participate in the Semantic and SOA Services Information Day at the OMG Technical Meeting in Santa Clara, Calif. on December 14, in the upcoming OMG healthcare event Interconnected Health 2012, which will include a HIMSS track, and will participate on the program review committee. The groups have also agreed to author joint whitepapers.