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Volunteer for the 2014 Health IT Leadership Awards and Congressional Asks Work Groups

This year’s HIMSS Policy Summit will take place on September 17-18, as part of National Health IT Week (September 15-19, 2014).  Each year, Policy Summit activities are made possible through the participation of HIMSS volunteers. 

Member involvement is crucial in shaping the messages that we carry to Capitol Hill, and selecting award recipients for the Annual State, Federal, and Congressional Health IT Leadership Awards.  The Leadership Awards Work Group and the Congressional Asks Work Group will each meet by conference call approximately biweekly starting in mid-April thru June or July.  Calls will not exceed one hour each and normally are in the late afternoon, Eastern time.

  • HIMSS Leadership Awards Work Group

Every year during National Health IT Week, HIMSS presents the HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards in recognition of federal leaders and state legislators who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health IT to improve healthcare, meriting national recognition.  The State Legislator of the Year Award is presented to a state legislator who has achieved excellence in health IT at the state or local level.  The Federal Health IT Leadership Award is presented to a member of Congress or federal official who has achieved excellence in health IT at the national level.

The “Awards Work Group” will make recommendations to the Public Policy Committee on the 2014 Leadership Award recipients.  

Tentative meeting times by conference call/webinar - every other Wednesday at 2:00 pm ET, starting April 9th.

  • HIMSS Congressional Asks Work Group

The Annual HIMSS Policy Summit provides an opportunity for HIMSS members and partners to meet with elected officials and their staff to raise awareness for various topics concerning health IT policy. The Congressional Asks Work Group will meet to make recommendations to the Public Policy Committee.

The Congressional Asks developed by this Work Group will become the essence of all Congressional office visits conducted during the HIMSS Policy Summit in September, and provide language and talking points for all to use throughout the year.

Tentative meeting times by conference call/webinar - every other Wednesday at 3:00 pm ET, starting April 9th.

If you would like to participate on the HIMSS Congressional Asks Work Group, please contact Arnol Simmons.  To participate in the Health IT Leadership Awards Workgroup, please contact Evan Yeckley.

Please pass on this invitation to other active HIMSS members you think could make a contribution!

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