The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has taken a life sciences firm under its wing and launched an initiative to help improve health among the nation’s growing Hispanic population.

Chicago-based HIMSS has merged with the Life Sciences Information Technology Global Institute of San Diego. Terms were not disclosed, but no money changed hands, according to a HIMSS spokesperson. The institute is developing reference guides and informatics practices for information technology systems used in the life and health sciences. Anette Asher, CEO of the institute, now is director of HIMSS’ new life sciences information systems unit.

HIMSS also has launched the Latino Initiative and will unveil it during a three-hour program on Feb. 20 at HIMSS11 in Orlando. A workgroup open to all HIMSS members will lead the initiative, which is part of an effort to expand the organization’s outreach into diverse communities.  More information on the Latino Initiative is available at


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