Before President Trump’s inauguration, HIMSS authored a letter to then President-Elect Trump urging the new Administration to consider and prioritize the role that health IT can play in enabling reforms in our healthcare system and the value that the health IT community can provide. HIMSS noted that it has developed a strategic framework that focuses on four foundational areas where the value of health IT can be demonstrated, including supporting healthcare transformation; expanding access to high quality care; increasing economic opportunity; and, making communities healthier.
HIMSS asks that President Trump prioritize the appointment of a permanent National Coordinator to ensure that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) so that he or she can get to work as soon as possible. HIMSS stated that for ONC to continue to lead and coordinate efforts at the federal and state levels, ONC needs a strong leader who has health IT experience as well as a dynamism that can propel as well as compel our community forward.
HIMSS looks to work with the new Administration to empower and advance high-performing, knowledgeable health IT professionals, and ensure a robust pool of qualified workers. HIMSS encouraged the Administration to create educational and economic opportunities to expand health IT robust workforce by prioritizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives that provide links to health-related programs.
HIMSS is ready to work with the Administration to foster a culture where health IT is optimally harnessed to transform health and healthcare by improving quality of care, enhancing the patient experience, containing cost, improving access to care, and optimizing the effectiveness of public payment.