Health IT Policy Update Newsletter - March 2018

Welcome to HIMSS’ Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on health IT legislative and regulatory developments from HIMSS’ Government Relations team.  We welcome your feedback.  If you’re reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe!
Congressional Affairs

The 1.3 trillion dollar deal includes additional funds for a number of health I&T priorities including precision medicine, the VA’s EHR implementation and broadband deployment to support telehealth.


This week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee was laser-focused on the opioid crisis, holding two hearings over multiple days.

Federal Affairs

HIMSS looks forward to continuing to dialogue with the VA on how to facilitate the broader exchange of health information within the VA and across the community, as well as how our members can contribute to modernizing the healthcare our nation’s veterans receive.


HIMSS along with providers, such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and Geisinger Health System have signed the pledge thus far. 


HIMSS published an Interoperability Call to Action, guiding principles to inform health policy and spur our nation’s health sector to action.

State Affairs

HIMSS supports the requirements that physicians utilize PDMPs as well as the idea of allowing states to share information across their borders.


HIMSS engages with state and local government officials and HIMSS Chapter Advocates and supports evidence-based telehealth programs.


HIMSS Analytics recognizes NCH Healthcare System for their revalidation as a Stage 7 healthcare system, as tracked by the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) SM.

Sepsis remains the leading cause of death in hospitals, despite the fact that sepsis starts outside the hospital about 80 percent of the time.


How the heck did I wind up in Clinical Informatics? Some days it feels like I just blinked, and suddenly, here I am spending 50% of my professional effort in a specialty that was unheard of when I was a resident. In reality, I’ve had a number of wonderful opportunities over many years that have prepared me for this challenge. 


From outstanding service in health information and technology to ongoing leadership throughout a career, the HIMSS Awards and HIMSS Foundation Scholarships honor members whose achievements and dedication support healthcare transformation through information and technology.


The HIMSS18 Conference & Exhibition brought nearly 44,000 members of the health IT community to Las Vegas. The digital footprint was equally massive as over 44,000 Twitter users engaged with the #HIMSS18 hashtag - reaching over 79 million people with 119,000 tweets over the course of five days.