About the HIMSS Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, the HIMSS Foundation promotes health information and technology education and issue awareness on global and national levels. It provides educational opportunities and financial assistance to students; education to government employees and industry leaders; data and reports to academics and governments; and financial assistance for special projects.

The HIMSS Foundation:

  • Provides scholarships to HIMSS student members
  • Creates student learning experiences; policy and healthcare content internships in Washington, DC; and externships and service learning projects
  • Presents non-partisan educational seminars to Congress, federal agencies and healthcare stakeholders
  • Offers free historical data on health information and technology use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks to academics and governments
  • Provides financial assistance for special projects, programs and issues

The HIMSS Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Global Health Equity Network

The HIMSS Global Health Equity Network advances the cause of health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. Members of these diverse communities share insights, best practices and resources through virtual and in-person education, events and networking to advance diversity and inclusion to ensure health and wellness for everyone, everywhere through health information and technology.

HIMSS Scholarships

The HIMSS Foundation offers scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrate the potential to be future leaders in health information and technology. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and masters students according to merit, financial need and other factors. In the past five years, the HIMSS Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to more than 50 exceptional students.

Institute for e-Health Policy

The Institute for e-Health Policy sponsors internships and externships for upper-level college and post-graduate students across the globe. Alumni include emerging clinician, healthcare management and public health leaders. The institute is also the premier organization providing non-partisan education in Washington, DC for members of Congress, the administration and industry leaders.

TIGER Initiative

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is a grassroots initiative focused on improving informatics education for nursing professionals, fostering interprofessional community and global workforce development. TIGER seeks to maximize the integration of technology and informatics into seamless practice, education and research resource development, and provides curriculum and staff development tools and resources to academics, students and clinical educators.

In September 2016, the HIMSS Foundation (with the scope of work fulfilled by TIGER) was co-awarded funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program. The 21-month EU*US eHealth Work Project worked to measure, inform, educate and advance eHealth and health IT skills, work and workforce development throughout Europe, the United States and globally.

TIGER's upcoming scholars' internship program, launching at the end of FY'19, will provide opportunities for future health information and technology and informatics leaders at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dorenfest Institute for Health Information

The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information is an innovative online resource that helps meet the global academic demand for health information and technology data to improve patient care. It provides complimentary access to historical data, reports and other tools regarding information and technology use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks to academics, students and universities, and governments of the U.S. and other countries.

Special Projects

The HIMSS Foundation supports a variety of special health information and technology projects – including its Executive-in-Residence program, which supported the establishment of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved; a federal healthcare project that explored ways to coordinate federal healthcare data on individuals; and support for public discussions on the future of precision medicine and local policy support.