HIMSS News

Rep. Matt Baker Awarded the 2016 National State Official Year Award from HIMSS

One of Representative Baker’s recent legislation contributions is the House Bill 1619, which will allow the Commonwealth to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.  The compact is designed to permit eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine technologies. Rep. Baker is a great example of a legislator pushing HIMSS’ mission in optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through the use of information technology.

Headline: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) Signed Multi-State Licensure Compact
HOOK: New law will support the practice of telemedicine across state lines.

On October 26, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed into law a Multi-State Licensure Compact that supports the practice of telemedicine across state lines. The Bill was introduced by State Rep. Jesse Topper (R., Bedford), who received support from the three PA HIMSS Chapter Advocacy members, the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, and the PA Medical Society.  Learn more here: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Pennsylvania-joins-pact-to-help-doctors-practice-across-state-lines.html.