HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Writing Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing your thought leadership to the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS Global Health Conference.

If published, your thought leadership has the potential to reach readers from around the globe including India, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. Posts receive close to 500 views each, on average, with most readers staying about three minutes.

Read our Health IT Pulse Writing Guidelines
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Our Readership

Content should be suitable for audiences ranging from those who want to learn about health information and technology, to those who are subject matter experts.

Our readers include executives, IT professionals, clinical providers, public policy professionals and investors.

Who Can Write

We accept content for consideration from all participants of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS Global Health Conference.

Important Deadlines

Before You Begin Writing
Please submit a short summary of what you plan to cover in your post by December 2, 2019, to Showcase@himss.org. Concepts submitted after December 2 are not guaranteed for consideration.

Pre-Conference Publication Consideration
Following concept approval, drafts submitted to Showcase@himss.org by January 6, 2020, will be considered for pre-conference publication.

Post-Conference Publication Consideration
Following concept approval, drafts submitted to Showcase@himss.org after January 6, 2020, will be considered for post-conference publication.

What We Can’t Include

  • Author bios
  • Company boilerplates
  • Company logos
  • Heavy use of brand/product/company references
  • Non-HIMSS event promotions
  • Political references
  • Previously published content
  • Product images
  • Unsourced images

What Writing Style Works

Write in a conversational, non-technical way. If using technical language, provide an explanation in common terms.

Focus on a specific area of your topic and go deep rather than generalizing the whole topic. When discussing pain points, be actionable and solutions based. Give examples and metrics whenever possible.

If writing about the Interoperability Showcase, focus on a topic tied to the showcase, rather than the showcase itself.

If referencing a report, article, etc., please include a link to the source material within the text.

Incorporate subheads and bullets. Keep paragraphs short.

We find that blog posts do best when they’re actionable: my journey to, strategies for, what you need to know.

Posts can range in length from 600 to 2,000+ words. Keep it simple—see how few words you can use rather than how many.

Review and Posting Process

When submitting your draft, please send the following to Showcase@himss.org:

  • Word document with your content
  • JPG of your headshot
  • Organization name and job title

The HIMSS team will review your content and if accepted, edit as needed. Please note we allow for one round of rewrites by the author.

You’ll have the opportunity to do a final review of the edited content.

Once final, you will be sent the scheduled date your post will be published. Publish dates are subject to change.

After your piece is published, we’ll send a link. We ask that you share the post with your networks. Because of site optimization, we ask that the content not be published on another site.

How We Share Your Thought Leadership

Posts are shared as appropriate on our social channels, based on relevancy and timeliness.

Post Examples

Big Data, Big Picture: Pain Points and Action Plans
A Glimpse of Consumer-Centered Healthcare
Interoperability of the EHR in Europe: Facilitating Cross Border Cooperation

Please Note

HIMSS reserves the right not to post a submitted guest blog post and to edit and adjust as needed, now and in the future.

A call to action tied to HIMSS content and initiatives may be added.

The post will be identified as sponsored content.

The following disclaimer will appear on all guest posts:
The views and opinions expressed in this blog or by commenters are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HIMSS or its affiliates.

Your piece may be shared on HIMSS channels, including, but not limited to, HIMSS.org, HIMSSconference.org, newsletters, emails and social media channels.