HIMSS Virtual Events: Leveraging telehealth to advance healthcare transformation. September 26th. A HIMSS webinar
September 16, 2016

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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.

Gear Up for NHIT Week: September 26-30

NHIT Week Webinar: Leveraging Telehealth to Advance Healthcare Transformation
On September 26th, join in HIMSS during National Health IT Week to learn about the role telehealth has in advancing care innovation, and hear from a diverse panel of experts on real world examples of communities that have overcome policy barriers to advance telehealth. Register here.


Ways and Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing on IT's Role in Improving Quality, Efficiency
The hearing featured four witnesses including Allscripts CEO Paul Black and touched on a number of HIMSS' priority policy issues including interoperability, the value of health IT, expanding access to telehealth and patient engagement.

Senate Veteran Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on the Future of the VA
The hearing featured 3 panels of witnesses and focused on various VA practices and programs including the Veterans choice program, employee practices, and a review of the commissions various recommendations.


Health IT Policy and Standards Committees Discuss Data Updates and Task Force Recommendations
The meeting was intended to review where the committees currently stand in order to get to the next generation of interoperability driven by MACRA and value-based care.


Georgia's Health Information Exchange Enhances Care for Children in Rural Communities
Georgia state telemedicine law allows school health clinics to bill for services.

Texas Health Resources connects with HASA HIE
HASA is a community collaborative initiative to enhance access to health and medical care records for Central Texas residents through Health Information Exchange (HIE).


HIMSS Responds to NIST Cybersecurity RFI
In a September 9th letter to Commission Chair Thomas Donilon of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) HIMSS responds to the Current and Future States of Cybersecurity in the Digital Economy request for information (RFI). HIMSS noted that health information technology can play a role in improving the cybersecurity infrastructure of our nation’s healthcare sector

#WomenInHIT: Four Steps to Achieve Gender Equity
Diane M. Carr, member of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors, and chair, finance committee, discusses how leaders can amend the gender wage disparity in the field of health IT #WomenInHIT

Research Informatics is a Team Sport
Earlier in my career, I became intrigued with electronic medical records as a way to accelerate sharing information among health care providers. 

Career Reflections as an Organizational Affiliate Member
A group membership through the HIMSS Organizational Affiliate program allows all participating employees to access a wealth of information, experience and expertise from fellow HIMSS members, along with special industry events, according to Will Showalter, HIMSS Organizational Affiliate Member. #HIMSS

Ensuring Effective HIMSS Leadership
Carla Smith, executive vice president, HIMSS North America, reflects on her experience during the HIMSS North America's North America Nominating Committee meeting. #HIMSS

HIMSS17 Educational Programming: A Sneak Peek...

JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America, discusses #HIMSS17, which will be held Feb.19-23, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. 


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HIMSS Events

New HIMSS Cybersecurity Podcast Code Red Episode 3: Want Your Files? Tough, Pay Me
How does a health care organization ready itself to handle unwanted ransomware attacks?  How do health care organizations build trust between their people, partners & patients that they are ready when the attack happens to them?  How can health care organizations operate in a marketplace that asks them to share data both widely and securely?  In this episode of Code Red, we explore the evolving threat of ransomware attacks on the health care industry and what organizations can do to protect themselves with the Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee, Josh Black.

Listen to Code Red Episode 3:  Want Your Files?  Tough, Pay Me

The CAHIMS Online Review Course- Part 3
September 20, 2016

Patient Engagement Explosion: How Nicklaus Children's Hospital Grew Patient Engagement Levels From 8% to 80%
September 20, 2016

2016 Techno/Healthcare Summit | Puerto Rico Chapter of HIMSS
September 22, 2016

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase 2017- New Use Case Topics Webinar
September 22, 2016

Insight-Driven Healthcare – The Future Has Arrived: From Insight to Action
September 22, 2016

Planting Seeds: Developing a Mature Health IT Team
September 22, 2016

The CAHIMS Online Review Course- Part 4
September 22, 2016

Lunch & Learn: A Picture is Worth 20 mSv | Houston Chapter of HIMSS
September 23, 2016

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