Healthcare Users Group Alliance Program Benefits with Sun Solutions

8/28/2003 - The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced a new Healthcare Users Group Alliance Program to broaden its educational and support offerings to the more than 14,000 members of HIMSS and the healthcare industry.

Sun Microsystems is the first organization to formalize its participation in the program with the establishment of Sun Solutions for Healthcare: Information, Networking, Education (SunSHINE). The announcement was made today in a joint statement by H. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS president and CEO, and Mike Haymaker, Sun Microsystems' global healthcare industry manager.

"The HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program is mutually beneficial to our organizations and the industry," said Lieber of HIMSS. "Sun Microsystems, demonstrating leadership and commitment to the healthcare community, is the first to formalize participation in this program. It is the first of several alliances we anticipate developing to create focused communities within HIMSS that can help our members do their jobs better."

Members of SunSHINE bring targeted industry expertise to the Society, and that experience will help broaden the professional and industry contributions of HIMSS. Individuals who belong to SunSHINE receive the Society's membership benefits and have an avenue to explore new markets through educational programming.

SunSHINE plans to have an educational symposium for its members on February 24-25 at the 2004 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The two-day educational series is expected to offer programming designed to address the critical issues facing business and clinical managers and information technology professionals in the healthcare industry. The program is also scheduled to feature comprehensive tracks covering solutions and technology. More information is available on the Web at:

"Different than the traditional industry user group, SunSHINE plans to offer in-depth education for IT professionals in the healthcare community, and it will provide an interactive forum for healthcare executives to share and discuss best practices," said Mike Haymaker, global healthcare industry manager at Sun Microsystems.

Operating much like a HIMSS special interest group (SIG), SunSHINE will be under the strategic direction and guidance of the HIMSS Board but with its own volunteer leadership. The leadership within SunSHINE will provide more specific direction on tactics; implementation efforts will be coordinated by HIMSS staff.

"Mid-size and community hospitals are increasingly turning to information technology to streamline business processes, increase efficiency and improve patient safety," Haymaker added. "Through this alliance with HIMSS, Sun is extending its commitment to help educate healthcare organizations, large and small, on innovative IT solutions and best practices."

With the introduction of the Users Group Alliance Program, Lieber encourages HIMSS members to take full advantage of SunSHINE and other communities that may be developed within the HIMSS membership. "Sun is an acknowledged leader in network computing, and we are delighted to work with them to gain a better understanding of today's technology and perhaps, gain a glimpse of the future," he said.

The formation of the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program does not reflect any change in HIMSS' philosophy toward vendors and their products, Lieber said. "HIMSS does not endorse or represent any brand, although many members of HIMSS work for companies that sell branded products that provide healthcare solutions through information technology. Our objective is to create a variety of communities within HIMSS that can help our members do their jobs better."

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents more than 14,000 individual members and some 150 member corporations that employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS shapes and directs healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to quality patient care. Visit for more information. HIMSS. The Source for Healthcare Information.

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