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Recent Updates

HIMSS Applauds Security Risk Assessment Tool, Suggests Improvements

New HIMSS Fact Sheet: CMS and ONC Announce Meaningful Use Program Certification Flexibility

HIMSS Submits Comments to ONC on Certified EHR Technology

Letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee on the SOFTWARE Act

HIMSS Fact Sheet on FDASIA Report

HIMSS Issues Recommendations to CMS on MU Stage 2 Implementation

Miss some of the policy sessions at HIMSS14? Read our recaps here.

HIMSS 2014-2015 Public Policy Principles

Our advocacy, public policy, legislative and regulatory actions are guided by board-approved principles.

To learn more, please visit the HIMSS 2014-2015 Public Policy Principles section of our Policy Center.

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Federal Health Community

The Federal Health Community is comprised of professional HIMSS members who are also Federal Government employees, coming together for cross-agency information sharing and networking.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee seeks to provide leadership and industry direction on healthcare issues and policy related to health information technology and management systems professionals in order to remove barriers and obstacles and enable implementation of solutions.

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

The Chapter Advocacy Roundtable was established in 2004 to help build grassroots support at the Chapter level. Grassroots outreach is an essential part of an advocacy network.

Government Relations Roundtable

HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable is a monthly public policy roundtable comprised of volunteers who represent the over seventy HIMSS Diamond Corporate Members and mHIMSS 5Bar members.

Small Business and Diversity Roundtable

The Small Business and Diversity Roundtable gathers to share strategies to develop their businesses as the health IT market prepares for rapid expansion in the next decade.

Legal Task Force

The Legal Task Force helps buyers, purchasers, end users, patients, and consumers navigate the aws, regulations, and policies that affect the Health IT ecosystem.

Legislative Action Center

Visit the HIMSS Legislative Action Center to view legislation we're following, and to send emails to your elected officials to share your views on policy issues of importance to HIMSS and the health IT community.

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Congressional Affairs

The HIMSS Congressional Affairs team provides members of Congress and their staff with accurate information about health information technology (IT) to help them make effective public policy decisions.

Federal Affairs

The HIMSS Federal Affairs team leverages member and staff subject matter expertise to provide insight to key federal agency representatives, while promoting agency personnel involvement in HIMSS activities at the local, regional and national levels.

State Government Affairs

The HIMSS Office of State Government Affairs supports the organization and its Chapters by building effective partnerships and relationships with state and local officials.

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Latest News

  • 08/29/2014
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded study found an association between the reduction of hospital-caused adverse drug events and the Meaningful Use program. The study focused on hospitals in the state of Florida and found hospitals that adopted all five core measures of meaningful use for medication management in 2010 had the lowest rate of adverse drug events of all hospitals in the state

  • 08/29/2014
    ONC and CDC launched a project in five states that connects a secure and convenient web-based portal to immunization data that can be made available to both health care providers and consumers

  • 08/29/2014
    National Health IT week brings together information technology and interconnectivity vendors, hospital and provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry / professional associations, and consumer protection groups. During National Health IT Week, these public and private entities collaborate to advance Health IT adoption with, "One Voice, One Vision."

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