States Provide Guidance on the Critical Role of Interoperability in Addressing Health Crises

On January 18, 2017, the HIMSS Foundation reconvened key stakeholders in Lansing, Michigan, to explore the unique opportunities the state public health and health IT community might use to develop evidence-based guidance for interoperability across the spectrum of care.  The group discussed challenges and opportunities whereby state and local health and human services (including behavioral health, public health, population health, and clinical services) can improve preparedness and response to health crises, such as the opioid crisis, environmental hazards, and natural disasters.  

During the meeting, the HIMSS State Government Affairs Team and the HIMSS Michigan Chapter in partnership with the Stewards of Change worked to capture policy strategies that could influence state legislation and improve state health IT infrastructure towards enhanced emergency preparedness and response at the state level.  The discussion will continue Tuesday, February 21 8:30-9:30 am, at HIMSS17 as state leaders from Louisiana and Virginia provide examples and recommendations for improved coordination via State Health Information Exchanges, and the evolution of longitudinal health records.