Public Policy Committee

A dynamic group of thought leaders come together to advance national health policy in HIMSS' Public Policy Committee. Committee members work closely with the U.S. Congress, key federal decision-makers, state legislatures and governments, and industry organizations to recommend policy, legislative, and regulatory solutions that will improve health and population health through information technology.

Roundtables, Task Forces and Workgroups

Committee members lead change in the health field through a number of roundtables, task forces and workgroups, listed below.

Get Involved Today!

Harnessing the extensive knowledge and expertise of 70 Diamond Corporate members, participants in the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable promote improvements and investments in health technology while advising the HIMSS Public Policy Committee from a corporate perspective.

When you join the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable, you will:

  • Meet for monthly luncheon conference calls and roundtable discussions
  • Receive updates from Congressional and federal regulatory agency staff on current health information technology related legislation, regulatory activity and policy initiatives
  • Discuss the changing environment and the implications for patients, providers, vendors, and other stakeholders

Businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans take advantage of the HIMSS Diversity Business Roundtable to advocate, collaborate, network and grow.

When you join the Diversity Business Roundtable, you get access to:

  • Educational and other resources to support members' growth
  • A home for small and diverse enterprises to take advantage of resources
  • A place for members to share strategies for developing their businesses

Lawyers who practice in private firms, the government and HIMSS member organizations combine their efforts in support of the Public Policy Committee and HIMSS in the HIMSS Legal Task Force.

When you join the Legal Task Force, you will:

  • Assist in developing HIMSS' formal comments on proposed federal and state legislation, government regulations, and policies
  • Provide legal expertise on HIMSS agreements, policies, regulations and legislation
  • Respond to requests for input from the HIMSS Public Policy Committee, other committees of HIMSS and the leadership of HIMSS
  • Provide legal expertise for content and speakers for programs sponsored by HIMSS

Members of the HIMSS Public Policy Principles Workgroup develop the Board of Directors-approved HIMSS Public Policy Principles document, which aids stakeholders in formulating proposed legislation, federal and state regulation, and policies. The Public Policy Principles document – which is available to all stakeholders – is a roadmap providing guidance, priorities, and direction for HIMSS staff and volunteers.

When you join the HIMSS Public Policy Principles Workgroup, you will:

  • Develop the HIMSS Public Policy Principles document, which directs HIMSS’ continuing public policy and government affairs activities

Members of the HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Workgroup help to recognize federal and state leaders who have made a significant contribution to the health information field by vetting nominations for the annual HIMSS Leadership Award, which is presented each year during National Health IT Week.

When you join the HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Workgroup, you will:

  • Vet nominations from HIMSS members for the annual HIMSS Leadership Awards
  • Make recommendations to the HIMSS Public Policy Committee and the HIMSS Board of Directors

Members of the HIMSS Congressional Asks Workgroup contribute to the Congressional Ask, a document that will become the essence of all Congressional Office visits conducted during HIMSS Policy Summit in October, as well as providing language and talking points for use throughout the year.

When you join the Congressional Asks Work Group, you participate in:

  • Analyzing the changing health IT environment
  • Making recommendations to the HIMSS Public Policy Committee and the HIMSS Board of Directors on priority issues to be presented to Congress by the Policy Summit participants

Committee Members

Larry Wolf

Larry Wolf
Strategic Health Network


Leigh Burchell

Leigh Burchell
Vice President, Polcy & Government Affiars


Richard D. Brennan, Jr., M.A.

Richard D. Brennan, Jr., M.A.
Vice President for Government Affairs
National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

Shelley DiGiacomo, CPHIMS, MSN, RN

Shelley DiGiacomo, CPHIMS, MSN, RN
Health Care Executive Consultant

Suzanne Espinosa

Suzanne Espinosa
Senior Regulatory Analyst
Adventist Health System Information Services

Gregory Forzley, MD

Gregory Forzley, MD
System Ambulatory Chief Medical Information Officer
Trinity Health

Robert Jarrin, JD

Robert Jarrin, JD
Sr. Director, Government Affairs


Nandan Kenkeremath, JD
Leading Edge Policy and Strategy


Lynne King
AVP, Ambulatory EHR Implementations
HCA Healthcare

Meg Marshall

Meg Marshall
Senior Director, Public Policy

Aaron Miri

Aaron Miri
Chief Information Officer
Walnut Hill Medical Center


Pamela A. Russell, BSW, MS, FHIMSS

Pamela A. Russell, BSW, MS, FHIMSS
Senior Consultant
CedarBridge Group

Zahid Butt MD, FACG

Zahid Butt MD, FACG
Medisolv, Inc.


Staff Liaison


Samantha Burch
Senior Director, Congressional Affairs

Phone:(703) 562-8847
Fax: (703) 562-8801