HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Task Force
Influencing Public Policy at State, Provincial and Local Levels
The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Task Force comprises chapter advocates from U.S. and Canadian HIMSS chapters and provides opportunities to amplify HIMSS’s public policy priorities through outreach and relationship building—both grassroots with government officials, and grasstops with thought leaders and non-profit organizations.
Task force members serve as a strong, coordinated voice and respected source of information on health information and technology, influencing state, provincial and local policy. The task force meets monthly and provides an opportunity for networking and peer-to-peer learning.
- Research: We conduct nonpartisan analysis and research, and gather information through community conversations, focus groups and more.
- Education: We organize Chapter Advocacy Days to educate and form relationships with elected officials.
- Power Building: We leverage individual and collective influence around issues through nonpartisan political messaging, letter writing campaigns, coalition building, and relationship building with government officials, staff and other community leaders.
- Monitoring: We monitor legislation, policies and practices to identify advocacy and partnership opportunities.
Former Chapter Advocacy Task Force Chair and Greater Illinois Chapter Advocate Lauren Wiseman, and 2017 Chapter Advocate of the Year and Louisiana Chapter Advocate Hank Fanberg speak about the value of chapter advocacy.
Public Policy Priorities
- Connected Care: Enabling greater access to care through telehealth, remote patient monitoring and broadband technologies.
- Cybersecurity and Privacy: Balancing the rapid transformation of the health system with appropriate privacy and security measures to protect patients.
- Interoperability: Ensuring information is shared and standardized across information systems that enable public health, care coordination and improved health outcomes.
Chapter Advocacy Recognition
HIMSS acknowledges the advocacy work our chapters are performing and recognizes their efforts with the following designations:
- Advisor: Chapters with at least one chapter advocate who have committed to local advocacy by attending five task force calls and completing five chapter advocacy activities
- Ambassador: Chapters with at least one chapter advocate who have elevated their local advocacy commitment by attending seven task force calls and completing seven chapter advocacy activities
- Changemaker: Chapters with at least two chapter advocates who have demonstrated their ability to educate local policymakers about the value of health information and technology, attended seven task force calls and completed 10 chapter advocacy activities
- Chapter members
- Industry peers
- State health IT coordinators
- Governors’ offices/task forces
- State and local health departments
- State legislative health committees/task forces
- Mayors’ offices/task forces
- State and local associations
- Membership organizations that have similar policy priorities (ex: AHIMA, AMA, APHA)
- State/regional health information exchanges
- Universities and colleges