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International advocate for digital healthcare transformation announces setting up in Rotterdam

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is launching its Global Headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. HIMSS made the announcement during the HIMSS23 European Health Conference & Exhibition on June 8 in Lisbon, Portugal.

HIMSS is a global advisor, thought leader and member-based society committed to reforming the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology. As a mission-driven nonprofit, HIMSS serves the global health ecosystem in its shared goal of leveraging information, data and technology for health equity and quality healthcare.

Rotterdam Global Headquarters underscores ongoing commitment to reforming the global health ecosystem

Plans for the global headquarters have been in the works since before the worldwide pandemic, and it gives HIMSS a more robust physical presence in a dynamic, diverse and centrally located European city. Rotterdam is also home to Erasmus University Rotterdam, a highly ranked international research university that conducts health information technology research. HIMSS also has regional offices in London, and in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany.

“Rotterdam is known as the ‘Gateway to the world’ and our new headquarters will help us better serve our constituents in Europe and around the world,” said HIMSS President & CEO Hal Wolf. “Our Global Headquarters underscores our ongoing commitment to reforming the global health ecosystem. I am proud of our accomplishment and excited about the future.”

Joining the Dutch Life Science and Health Metropolis

The Rotterdam headquarters gives HIMSS access to an expanding group of members and colleagues across the world, notably the World Health Organization, European Region (WHO-E). HIMSS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in 2022 with WHO-E to accelerate adoption of digital health solutions. In Rotterdam, HIMSS will also be in the vicinity of the Dutch Life Sciences and Health community of over 3000 international life sciences businesses, including more than 400 biopharmaceutical companies and thousands of MedTech companies.

Augmenting the Rotterdam location, the HIMSS Americas Headquarters is in Chicago and the U.S. is also home to six satellite offices. For its Asia-Pacific reach, HIMSS has a base in Singapore. HIMSS holds its flagship events each year in North America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. It is a thought leader, advisor and provider of solutions worldwide in analytics and maturity, innovation, professional development and research.

Warm welcome to the Netherlands

The Netherlands is also excited about this latest international organization to call it home base. “We warmly welcome the HIMSS’ choice of the Netherlands as its global headquarters,” said Abigail Norville, deputy secretary general of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and vice chair of the Global Digital Health Partnership. “Digital health is key to addressing the huge challenges facing healthcare today. This creates an extra opportunity for us to be at the center of the global digital health strategy.”

Source: Invest in Holland
June 8, 2023