HIMSS Submits Statement to Congress on Incorporating Healthcare Innovations into Medicare

On Thursday, HIMSS submitted written comments in response to a hearing held by the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee on April 26, 2018. The hearing, titled “Identifying Innovative Practices and Technology in Health Care,” is part of a series examining how innovations in the healthcare sector can be harnessed to improve and modernize the Medicare program. 

In the statement, HIMSS focused on how health information and technology has the potential to address the many challenges facing the physical, mental and fiscal health of our nation, including reducing growth in spending, responding to the opioid crisis, and improving care outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. Specifically, HIMSS addressed the significant policy challenges and barriers that prevent these benefits from being fully realized, particularly around telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The statement also focused on how the use of information and technology can streamline the way medications are prescribed, dispensed, and approved to drive efficiency for clinicians and pharmacists as well as better health outcomes for patients.