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American Nurses Association + HIMSS Announce New Relationship to Advance Nurse-led Innovation

ANA and HIMSS join forces to advance nurse-led innovation and announce the inaugural NursePitchTM at HIMSS19 Global Conference with monetary, mentorship, recognition and membership prizes. Applications are now open and will close December 14, 2018.


The new relationship between the American Nurses Association (ANA), the premier organization representing the nation’s 4 million registered nurses, and HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology, is a unique opportunity to harness a role for all nurses as innovators, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts. The collaborative partnership aims to drive nurse-led innovation through co-branded initiatives such as NursePitch, NurseJam™, and other Innovation Lab events. The inaugural NursePitch event will take place at the HIMSS19 Global Conference in February, followed by a NursePitch competition at the 2019 ANA Quality Innovation Conference in April. ANA and HIMSS will also co-author an article about nurse-led innovation to be featured in American Nurse Today and HIMSS publications. Nurse-led innovation is a priority for both HIMSS and ANA. HIMSS has developed the foundation for an engaged nursing informatics culture to showcase the value in health IT and healthcare settings. ANA collaborates with key partners and has established a three-part innovation framework to develop skills and build a culture of innovation.

“Nurses are natural innovators with an unmatched perspective on what works in healthcare, and what doesn’t work. As the largest group of health professionals and representing the frontlines of care, nurses are well-equipped to create and develop innovative solutions to address a complex and ever-changing healthcare landscape,” says Dr. Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, MA, MBA, CENP, FACHE, Vice President of Innovation, ANA. “ANA is thrilled to continue our work and to partner with HIMSS to transform health through nurse-led innovation.”

It has been more than 5 years since the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) published the landmark The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health Report. The Alliance for Nursing Informatics, ANA and HIMSS joined forces to respond to that landmark report in a position statement titled Transforming Nursing Practice through Technology & Informatics. The statement identified recommendations for eliminating barriers and addressing nurses’ role in transforming healthcare through the use of digital health tech.

“HIMSS has a long history of supporting nurses as innovators, through our collaboration with the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, our support of the ANA’s Nursing Informatics and our thought leadership contributions to the discipline,” says Christel Anderson, MA, Senior Director Interoperability Initiatives, HIMSS. “We are pleased to debut ANA’s NursePitch™ - a nurse focused pitch competition – at the HIMSS19 Global Conference. Through our collaboration with ANA we will be able to increase the voice, opportunity and visibility of the nursing audience in the digital health ecosystem by holding ‘nurse-led’ & ‘nurse-developed’ innovation.”

Secure your spot to be one of the finalists who will pitch in front of a live HIMSS19 audience on February 13, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. Monetary prizes include $10,000 for 1st place, $5,000 for 2nd place, and $2,500 for 3rd place; mentorship, recognition, and membership prizes will also be offered. NursePitch Applications are now open and will close December 14, 2018.

More Information About ANA & HIMSS

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the nation’s 4 million registered nurses, embarked on a journey of innovation as part of the association’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan to cultivate and celebrate nurse-led innovation. ANA is pleased with the milestones accomplished to-date which include hosting the largest-ever nurse hackathon, launching an Innovation Advisory Board and announcing the ANA Innovation Awards. Powered by BD, the ANA Innovation Awards encourage nurse-led innovation that improves patient outcomes and/or patient safety by awarding $25,000 to an individual nurse and $50,000 to a nurse-led team. ANA also supported the Disruptive Solutions for Home Health Pitch Competition, hosted by Northeastern University in partnership with AARP Innovation Labs. Each year, the ANA Quality & Innovation Conference provides a hands-on experience with the top innovations in nursing to learn about the next big tech advancement in healthcare and help redefine what quality nursing looks like.


As a mission-driven non-profit, HIMSS provides thought leadership, community building, public policy, professional/ workforce development, and engaging events to bring forward the voice of our members. HIMSS encompasses more than 70,000 global individual members, 630 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work through HIMSS to leverage the innovation of digital health to improve both the health of individuals and populations, as well as the quality, cost-effectiveness, and access to healthcare. Since 2004, HIMSS has a robust Nursing Informatics Community, comprised of over 8,000 members.

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