Upcoming State Health IT Advocacy Days: Colorado, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

On April 26, the Colorado Chapter will hold their 2018 Health IT Advocacy Day at the Colorado Capitol Building in Denver, CO. HIMSS Advocates will spend part of the day discussing the Colorado Office of eHealth Innovation (OEHI) Health IT Roadmap (2017), as well as sessions on disaster response and readiness. Speakers at the event include the Director of the OEHI office, physicians, and state legislators. This event will provide a great opportunity for HIMSS Advocates to engage with key stakeholders across Colorado to focus on health information and technology innovation and policy initiatives. 

Ohio Chapter Health IT Day set for April 25, 2018, at the Ohio Statehouse. The theme this year is on the critical need for Medicaid expansion funding for Ohio’s healthcare system and the health information and technology workforce. Speakers include Barbara Sears, Director of Ohio Medicaid and State Representative Ryan Smith (R-93). Chapter Advocates will engage with state officials and other collaborators, such as the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executive (CHIME), the Health Collaborative/HealthBridge, CliniSync, and eHealth Ohio.

The Central and Western Pennsylvania Chapters with the Delaware Valley Chapter will kick off their Health IT Advocacy Day on May 1st with a visit to Pennsylvania State Capitol. On the agenda will be four asks regarding telehealth, opioids, veteran suicide, and workforce development. These themes closely mirror the 2018 Pennsylvania State of the State Address, in which Governor Tom Wolf (D) highlighted the state’s expanding response to the opioid crisis through support for law enforcement. Along a similar vein, the HIMSS Chapters’ goals include advocating for the strategic alignment of health information and technology and law enforcement, as well as other state services, to provide multi-dimensional solutions to the opioid epidemic.