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July 29, 2016

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National Conventions and Health IT
As part of our role as convener and educator, HIMSS co-hosted two discussions "Game Changing Innovation: Health IT as a Catalyst for Healthcare Transformation" in Cleveland and Philadelphia.


Congress is adjourned for the summer recess and will return after Labor Day. Stay tuned for updates throughout August on any new developments and upcoming HIMSS events.


Health IT Policy and Standards Committees Discuss Task Force Recommendations and ONC Updates
Recommendations were made in the areas of ISA scope, structure, vocabulary and terminology standards, research, patient matching, and APIs.

HHS Issues New Proposed Rule on Cardiac Bundled Payment Models
The new models would reward hospitals that work together with physicians and other providers to avoid complications, prevent hospital readmissions, and speed recovery.


Hawaii Governor Signs Bill to Expand Coverage for Telehealth Services
The law states that reimbursement for services provided through telehealth shall be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient.

USDA Announces Telemedicine Funding
USDA is awarding $23.4 million in grants to support 45 distance learning and 36 telemedicine projects.


Chair and Vice Chair of HIMSS Board of Directors Begin Terms
The #HIMSS Board of Directors works across the HIMSS enterprise to create strategic alignments and oversee financial performance among the organization’s business units

White House Releases Presidential Policy No. 41 on United States Cyber Incident Coordination
The following information is provided as part of HIMSS’ ongoing commitment to educate and inform health IT professionals on cybersecurity developments, best practices, and guidelines. Please access HIMSS’s extensive privacy and security resources for tools you can use. #HITSecurity
Now’s the Time to Prepare for HIMSS18 Educational Programming. Really??
#HIMSS17 is quickly approaching, so now is the time to start planning for #HIMSS18.

HIMSS 10-Year Analysis: Female Health IT Workers Continue to Earn Less Than Male Peers
HIMSS re-affirms commitment to gender-based compensation equity#WomenInHIT


HIMSS Virtual Events: Nominations for HIMSS Awards now open through August 29th.

HIMSS Events

HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-Season 1 Highlights- The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT
The conversation between clinicians and designers is integral when developing effective digital clinical technologies.  A health IT super user and key voice in that conversation is the nurse.  What technologies & processes are helping them perform their duties?  What effects do the usability & user experience of current health IT products have on nurses’ daily workflow?  In this episode we hear directly from thought leaders across the nursing field on the state of user experience for nurses today.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP18: The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT

August 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable: The Story of a Patient Story That’s Making a Difference for HIT Standards
August 1, 2016

SimGHOSTS 2016
August 1, 2016

Securing Mobile Patient Communication
August 2, 2016

Reducing Risk in a Changing Regulatory Environment: Managing data security and cost
August 3, 2016

AHDI Annual Conference
August 3, 2016

Connected Health Conference: Connected Health Conference | December 11-14 | Gaylord National Convention Center | Washington D.C. Register Now

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