On May 16, the Northern and Southern California HIMSS Chapters kicked off their annual State Health IT Day events at the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA. The event featured acknowledgements of the Certificate of Honor from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome. In addition, a keynote presentation was given by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (Senate District 22) who discussed the value of Health IT in support of health system transformation. Senator Hernandez was the recipient of the 2017 HIMSS State Official Award and The group also heard from Dr. Steven Lane, Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) Committee Member & Clinical Informatics Director, Sutter Health who discussed HITAC priority goals, including: interoperability, electronic access, exchange, and use of health information; and, protection of privacy and security of health information. Rounding out the afternoon, guests also heard from Lisa Catanzaro, Health Strategist & Public Health Professional, University of San Francisco who discussed population health and the application of concepts from the Social Cognitive Theory to the Consumer-IT Interaction. Presentations can be found here.
After a morning of presentations, the Chapter Advocates and program participants took to the State Capitol to discuss the following California Chapter recommendations and legislative asks:
Ask #1 – Support Protection of Consumer Privacy - AB 2935 (Introduced by Assemblymember Ed Chau, 49th District, Monterey Park). Prioritizes giving people control over how commercial health monitoring programs manage their personal data.
Ask #2 – Support Student Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Services - AB 2315 (Introduced by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, 65th District, Buena Park): Requires the California Department of Education (CDE) in consultation with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and appropriate stakeholders to develop guidelines for the use of telehealth technology. Enables K-12 school districts to access mental and behavioral health providers to provide telehealth services to district students.
Ask #3 – Support the State Submit a Grant Request for Creation of a Mental Health Facility Database - AB 1136 (Introduced by Assemblymember Susan Eggman, 13th District, Stockton): Supports the Department of Public Health (CDPH) in applying for a 21st Century Cures Act grant to develop a real-time mental health bed availability web-based database. This solution enables identifying beds that are available and appropriate for the treatment of individuals needing behavioral and mental health support.
SB 485 (Introduced by Assemblymember Jim Nielsen, 4th District, Roseville and Senator Josh Newman, 29th District, Brea): Veterans Homes - States the intent of the Legislature to monitor the VA’s efforts to implement a statewide electronic health record for its system of veterans’ homes.
HIMSS supports advocacy for evidence-based health information and technology policies at the state and local levels. In this vein, HIMSS provides ongoing technical assistance and support for U.S. Chapter Advocates with the goal of advancing health information and technology policies that transform health.