The Health Business Technology Task Force (HBT TF) was created to provide guidance to the HIMSS Government Relations team regarding health IT implications of policy, regulatory and legislative proposals.
Over the last number of years, major legislation, regulation, and policy changes have vastly changed the healthcare landscape, especially the use of technology to support medical practices. Often these changes have occurred without sufficient understanding by policymakers of how best to integrate new technologies in a way that supports improvements in healthcare without creating greater disruption. HIMSS has been a leader in helping government and industry thread the complex intersection between policy, technology, and business operations.
The HBT TF was created to provide guidance to the HIMSS Government Relations team regarding health IT implications of policy, regulatory and legislative proposals. It works to facilitate open discussion between HIT vendors and end-users that will result in system/software functionality that not only meets regulatory requirements, but meets business needs as well.
Over the past year the HBT TF has provided input and guidance to the HIMSS Government Relations team including provisions of MACRA and 21st Century Cures. This year the task force plans to look at new healthcare legislation, Blockchain, and to continue monitoring other HOT regulations. New members and ideas are always welcome. The group has a monthly call in which all are invited to participate both on the call and to support document reviews and recommendations. Anyone interested in joining the HBT should contact Pam Jodock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author: As IBM’s Global Health Team’s CHIO, Tony leads the global team’s efforts to support commercial health plan clients. Tony joined IBM in 2014 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where he was the CIO and Director of the Office of Information Services. Tony also serves as Chair on the HIMSS Health Technology Solutions Task Force.