Arlington, VA (May 23, 2017) – HIMSS is very concerned that the cuts proposed in the President’s FY18 Budget Request would negatively impact patient safety, quality, and innovation. The proposed cuts to various agencies within HHS including ONC, CDC, CMS, and NIH, combined with the proposed elimination of the AHRQ, sends the wrong message that the U.S. is not fulfilling Congress’ intention of maintaining the U.S. as the leading voice on medical innovation.
The cuts to ONC will delay advancements in interoperability and information sharing outlined in the 21st Century Cures Act. Cuts to CDC will delay advancements in national priorities like the public health preparedness infrastructure, while defunding AHRQ will all but eliminate discovery of best practices that will improve care delivery and increase value for patients, and reduce costs for the federal government.
We strongly encourage Congress to reject these cuts and invest in advancements in research, innovation and health IT to optimize the best use of technology to support healthcare transformation.
HIMSS North America