HIMSS17 Must-See Government Relations Sessions and Activities

HIMSS has several sessions at our upcoming Annual Conference and Exhibition that feature government speakers from the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Department of Health and Human Services—including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A full list of all related sessions is available online

On Tuesday, February 21, at 8:30 am ET in the Orange County Convention Center Chapin Theater, 

Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, Director of DHA, will lead a session entitled, “Military Medicine – Connected to the World.

As the Director of DHA, Vice Admiral Bono leads a joint integrated Combat Support Agency enabling all the medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. In support of an integrated, affordable, and high quality military health service, the DHA directs the execution of ten joint shared services to include the health plan (TRICARE), pharmacy, health IT, research & acquisition, education & training, public health, medical logistics, facility management, budget resource management, and contracting. 

In addition on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:30 pm ET in the Orange County Convention Center Chapin Theater, Dr. Jon White, Acting National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in ONC, and Dr. Kate Goodrich, Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) at CMS, will lead a session entitled, “Value Based Care Delivery: The March to MACRA and Beyond.”

More information about the government-related sessions at HIMSS17 is available online.

Hear From HIMSS Congressional, Federal and State Affairs Staff at HIMSS17

Stop by the HIMSS Spot in Lobby C on Tuesday, February 21 from 3:00-3:45 pm ET to hear from the HIMSS State Government Affairs team.  The State Government Affairs team will provide an update on relevant state-related health IT public policy issues as well as new initiatives underway to activate HIMSS Chapters and expand the reach of HIMSS public policy initiatives. Also at the HIMSS Spot on Wednesday, February 22 from 4:00 - 4:45pm ET, the HIMSS Congressional and Federal staff will provide updates on the major relevant health IT public policy issues facing Congress as well as the Trump Administration and how members can get involved in HIMSS’ advocacy initiatives.

Visit the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion at HIMSS17

Plan to visit the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion in Exhibition Hall A, Booth 230. There are 11 federal agencies participating in this year’s Pavilion: Defense Health Agency (DHA), Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Federal Health Architecture (FHA) , National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Food and Drug administration (FDA), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Sponsored by The MITRE Corporation, the Pavilion is the only place at HIMSS17 where you will be able to visit with several federal agencies in one place, learn about their health IT portfolios, as well as possible ways to collaborate with them. 

Attendees can learn what health IT-related projects the federal agencies are working on, as well as if there are any funding opportunities with the agencies that might worth exploring.  In addition to the kiosks, the Pavilion will also have a theatre set-up that will allow the agencies to present to interested audiences about their latest offerings as well as opportunities for partnership.

For a full schedule of all the presentations occurring in the Pavilion, please visit our website