In December, the HIMSS North America (HNA) Board of Directors approved an updated version of the HIMSS Public Policy Principles. In general, the Policy Principles serve as guidance for federal and state legislative and regulatory policy. They provide policymakers, our chapters, and our members with well-articulated solutions to inform and shape public discourse on the policy issues of the day, and understanding of how today’s decisions may impact, and be impacted by, the future.
The 2017-2018 Policy Principles were developed to address current and potential shifts to the health IT public policy environment and form the basis of HIMSS’ policy activities including development of Congressional Asks and public responses to regulation and analysis of federal and state legislation.
The document focuses on principles with a compendium of policy examples and HNA Board-approved positions versus previous iterations which mixed principles and policies. The Policy Principles employ overarching principles around government program requirements and harmonization across federal, state and local policy. The policy principles also incorporate several new areas of focus and a new strategic format, organized based on four key strategic areas that highlight the value of health IT and build off of the focus areas of National Health IT Week 2016:
- Supporting Care Transformation
- Expanding Access to High Quality Care
- Increasing Economic Opportunity
- Making Communities Healthier
The process to update the Policy Principles, which occurs biannually, spanned several months with extensive engagement by HIMSS subject matter experts and Committees. Please contact HIMSS Government Relations with questions on the 2017-2018 Policy Principles.