Leaders of the computer industry standards organization OMG and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have agreed to collaborate on several fronts, including standards development, conferences, and educational resources. OMG will become an Affiliate Member of HIMSS, and HIMSS will become a Domain Member of OMG.

Initial collaborative activities include OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force participation in upcoming HIMSS events such as a Connectathon, a presentation on enterprise architecture during the November HIMSS virtual conference, and a presence at HIMSS12, scheduled for February 20 to February 24 in Las Vegas. HIMSS will participate in the Semantic and SOA Services Information Day at the OMG Technical Meeting in Santa Clara, Calif, on December 14; in the upcoming OMG health care event Interconnected Health 2012, which will include a HIMSS track; and will participate on the program review committee. The groups have also agreed to author joint whitepapers.