News Release

HIMSS Statement on Introduction of the CONNECT for Health Act

February 3, 2016


Arlington, VA (February 3, 2016) - On behalf of the HIMSS membership, we applaud Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune, and Warner and Representatives Black, Welch and Harper for their leadership in introducing the “Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act.” We are proud to strongly support this important legislation.

We believe the CONNECT for Health Act will modernize healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries by removing barriers to the use of telehealth and other healthcare technologies, resulting in greater access to high-quality care, improved continuity of care and better value for patients and the Medicare program.

HIMSS appreciates the strong bipartisan commitment to advancing the use of innovative technologies in healthcare, and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership to enact these critical reforms.

HIMSS Letter to the House of Representatives in Support of the CONNECT for Health Act

HIMSS Letter to the Senate in Support of the CONNECT for Health Act

About HIMSS North America
HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.

Media Contact: Kelly Wagner kwagner@himss.org 312-915-9502

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