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Hello, {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}}, welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on Congressional, federal, and state health IT legislative and regulatory activities from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback. If you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.


Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Price Nomination
Rep. Price stated his support for health IT and his belief that the appropriate role for government in this space is to focus on interoperability.


National Cyber Incident Response Plan Final Version Released
NCIRP describes the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, local, territorial and tribal entities as well as private sector and international stakeholders during a cyber incident.

CMS Announces 2016 Reporting Deadlines Extension
Deadline changes from Tuesday, February 28, 2017, to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

SAMHSA Releases Final Patient Privacy Rule on Substance Use Data Sharing
Although the final rule makes important updates, a coalition of health care organizations expressed concern as they feel it still does not align substance abuse privacy protections with HIPAA.

NH-ISAC Biotech Information Security Workshop
Join fellow healthcare providers in this free interactive forum on February 9th.


NIST Announces Available Grant for Public Safety Broadband Apps and Innovations
On December 22, 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) announced a $30 million grant funding opportunity intended for research, development, production, and testing of key broadband technologies and capabilities for first responders.


The Financial Implications of Cybersecurity
In this episode of Code Red, we talk with Fred Cox, Director of Information Security at Varian Medical Systems about the financial implications of cybersecurity, including direct and indirect costs of security, the idea of "table stakes" and behavior analytics, and at which point the concept of cybersecurity’s ROI can effectively be considered. 

Listen to Code Red episode #6: The Financial Implications of Cybersecurity

Guiding the HIMSS Public Policy Voice: Public Policy Principles
The HIMSS Policy Principles serve as guidance for federal and state legislative and regulatory policy and will play a critical role in developing relationships with the Trump Administration. 

Mercy Receives National Award for Saving Lives, Reducing Health Care Costs
Mercy received the award from HIMSS based on four case studies that detailed how the use of health information technology and standardized clinical processes have improved patient care and the bottom line

Healthcare and agriculture: United in using data to improve the quality of life
Healthcare and agriculture are "two of the most essential industries in the world" - and together accountable for most of the increases in life expectancies around the world. At the same, each industry has distinct margins of error that can have widespread implications.

An Interview with the Chair of HIMSS North America Board of Directors
Kirsta Barry, HIMSS Business Edge Task Force member interviews Dr. Michael Zaroukian, 2017 Chair of HIMSS North America Board of Directors as he shares his thoughts on the incoming administration, HIMSS engagement and opportunities.

PCHA Connected Health Conference discusses opportunities from precision medicine to IoT
The author highlights timely topics discussed at the PCHA Connected Health Conference in December.

Healthcare is ripe for tools to enable value-based collaborative care
Like the automotive industry, our healthcare system comprises different
suppliers - different healthcare professionals employed by different organizations who provide components of care in a single episode of care. However, unlike the automotive industry, patients rarely, if ever, pay for all of these services from a single entity. Bundled payment aims to change this paradigm.

When two worlds collide: Combining Health Business Solutions, Clinical, and Business Intelligence
HIMSS Health Business Solutions and C&BI efforts offer HIMSS members tools to inform accountable, high quality patient care and fuel unparalleled business insight to improve their organization’s fiscal performance.

Recent Notable Scientific Publications in the Field of Applied Clinical Informatics. #9

The Future of Precision Medicine


HIMSS17: HIMSS 17 Conference & Exhibition | February 19-23 | Orlando. Experience the excitment of the exhibition floor.


The Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Ecosystem: Connectivity Between Pharmacists, Providers and Health Plans
January 24

CPHIMS Body of Knowledge - An Introduction
January 24

A CIO's Strategy for using Cloud Technology to Improve Patient Access Across an Enterprise
January 24

2017 CNIO Forum | Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS
January 24

Healthcare’s Dilemma: The Proliferation of the Internet of Medical Things and How to Secure Them
January 25

Sacramento Healthcare Leaders: Innovations in Healthcare Progress­ and Challenges | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
January 25

Data-Driven Medicine: Actionable Insights From Patient Data
January 26

2017 CIO Roundtable | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS
January 26

CPHIMS Body of Knowledge - An Overview of the Implementation Development Life Cycle, Part 1
January 26

Agile Analytics: How Baycare Health System Transformed Patient Care Using Data as an Actionable Asset
January 26

2017 Winter Education and Networking Event | New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS
January 26

Yes, we can! Attracting the future leaders in STEM
January 26

HIMSS17 Video Exhibition: HIMSS 17 Conference & Exhibition | February 19-23 | Orlando. Experience the excitment of the exhibition floor.

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