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HIMSS supports NHS Digital Exemplars with International Buddying Programme

HIMSS launches international buddy programme to support NHS Digital Exemplars

13th September, London: HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organisation focused on better health through IT, has launched a new international buddying programme to support the NHS Digital Exemplars in finding a suitable partner to help guide them in delivering innovative approaches to IT enabled change.

The launch follows Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s announcement last week where he named 12 NHS organisations who would become global exemplars and receive up to £10 million in funding. In return they would be expected to help others in the NHS to learn from their experience.

A part of that commitment Hunt said that “these trusts will be partnered with an international organisation of their choice, to take full advantage of their expertise.” He specifically referenced Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic in the US as interesting organisations to consider.

The new buddying programme from HIMSS will offer a range of services including working with the Exemplars to help them understand their existing level of digital maturity using the globally recognised  benchmarking tool – EMRAM (Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model) and CCMM (Continuity of Care Maturity Model).

In addition, HIMSS will work alongside the 12 NHS organisations to help them align and share best practice with the thousands of hospitals across the world who have already shared their data with HIMSS in order to obtain an EMRAM score.

John Rayner, Regional Director of the HIMSS Analytics Health Advisory Services Group, Europe and former NHS Director of The  Health Informatics Service said: “HIMSS works closely with more than 9000 health and care organisations across the world including those in the  UK, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, the US and Asia , so we are uniquely positioned to help match NHS organisations with those who are leading the way in achieving significant benefits through enhanced levels digital maturity and EMR adoption.

“Many of the Exemplars will have different requirements potentially based on their current IT baseline position, patient populations, their IT systems, overarching challenges or ambitions going forward and we hope to share with them the information to ensure that they are able to choose the best possible partner going forward.”



For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kiran Mangat, Marketing Executive, HIMSS UK  +44 (0)2079521234



HIMSS is a voice, advisor and thought leader of transformation through health IT.  As an independent organisation with innovation at its heart, HIMSS unites and engages key stakeholders across the health and care ecosystem through events, media, analytics and communities that are focused on helping healthcare systems to define their IT strategies meanwhile supporting the healthcare industry to improve its services.

By offering a high quality, Pan-European platform to collaborate and exchange best practice, news, information and data, HIMSS has a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health and care and deliver more effective patient outcomes.

Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 60,000 members, 600 companies and over one million HIT network of key influencers that drive innovation across the world.