Because the technology environment is evolving so quickly, it is often difficult for public policy, legislation, and regulations—at all levels of government—to keep pace.
HIMSS Public Policy Principles are published as guidance for all stakeholders in developing Congressional or state legislation, and for guiding federal and state regulations and policies relevant to advancing information technology for the betterment of healthcare. Additionally, the Board of Directors-approved Principles become a road map providing guidance, priories, and direction for HIMSS staff and members, and directing the organization’s continuing public policy and government affairs activities.
Under the purview of the Public Policy Committee, led by HIMSS members Martha Dameron (Chair from California), Dr. Larry Ozeran (vice chair from California), and Denise Hines (vice chair from Georgia), the HIMSS Policy Principles are currently being redrafted by a workgroup of volunteers. The workgroup relies on the participation of other HIMSS committees and content functional areas, and ensures that the Principles are vetted extensively throughout the organization, reviewed by the various relevant committees, and approved by the HIMSS Board of Directors.
HIMSS member functional experts from throughout the organization are now engaging in reviewing and updating the Principles. The goal is to present the updated draft Principles to the Board of Directors at their June 27, 2014 meeting for approval.
The HIMSS 2013-2014 Public Policy Principles may be viewed here.