HIMSS G7 Works to Improve Business Environment for Health IT in Developing Countries

CHICAGO (June 6, 2012) – In response to the rapidly evolving arena of healthcare HIMSS G7, a World Bank-endorsed thought leadership assembly released a white paper that discusses strategic issues related to improving the investment climate and business environment for health information technology (IT) and management systems in developing countries.

The report, Advancing Global Health IT: A Consultation with the World Bank at HIMSS12  offers an overview of the World Bank Group’s involvement in the healthcare sector, identifying business opportunities and the role health IT can play within emerging global markets.

“The World Bank Group, comprised of five global institutions, is focusing on developing countries and these areas often need health IT to build healthcare capacity,” said John Casillas, Senior Vice President, HIMSS Business-Centered systems. “Our consultation with the World Bank at HIMSS Annual Conference was fascinating because it shed light on activities being advanced by the Bank where HIMSS can offer assistance through projects, tools and educational programs, and the work of our members, to improve global health through optimum use of technology.”

HIMSS G7 meets three times per year to realize the healthcare financial network of the future. The most recent gathering was a HIMSS G7 World Bank Consultation held during HIMSS12 in Las Vegas. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 25. The HIMSS G7 is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, LexisNexis, Optum and Sentry Data Systems.

“Transforming healthcare into an information-driven sector requires investment, but it is one that benefits not just the healthcare industry but the economy as a whole. The World Bank has a key opportunity to collaborate with health IT vendors to accelerate the investment and drive innovation that improves overall growth, population health and productivity,” said Dr. Andrew Litt, Chief Medical Officer, Dell Inc., who participated in HIMSS G7 World Bank Consultation at the Annual Conference.

For more information on the G7, contact John Casillas at jcasillas@himss.org or visit the HIMSS website.

About HIMSS                       

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 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 practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.