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December 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.


Wrap-Up: Health IT Policy Highlights of the 114th Congress
Let's take a quick look back at just a few of the key health IT policy developments during the 114th Congress.


HIMSS Submits Comments to the VistA Modernization RFI
HIMSS appreciated the opportunity to leverage their members' expertise in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continued push to modernize the healthcare our nation's veterans receive.

New CMS Models Look to Increase Patient Engagement
CMS announced two new models from the CMS Innovation Center that will increase patient engagement in care decisions by putting more information in the hands of Medicare beneficiaries.

21st Century Cures Highlight: Definitions for Interoperability and Information Blocking
HIMSS plans to use the next several issues of the Health IT Policy Update to highlight the principal health IT-related topics included in the law.

NH-ISAC Moves Forward with CYBERFIT Vendor Network Platform for 3rd-Party Risk Assessments
CYBERFIT is a network of healthcare organizations and their vendors that have come together to ease the burden of third-party risk management and compliance, encourage best security practices, and ultimately reduce the risk of cyber and other successful attacks to the US healthcare industry.

ONC Announces Privacy Policy "Snapshot" Challenge
Participants in the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge will use ONC's Model Privacy Notice template to create their innovative online tool.

The State of National Cybersecurity and the Road Ahead
The blog post discusses key points from the report and what the findings and recommendations mean for the health sector.

HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Environmental Scan Report for December 2016
HIMSS just published the December 2016 issue of the HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Environmental Scan Report.


NGA Releases a Road Map for States to Improve Health Information Flow Between Providers
The Road Map helps states evaluate and implement changes to achieve better health, better care, and lower costs by increasing the flow of clinical health care information between health care providers while protecting patient privacy as a step toward nationwide interoperability.


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

New Alliance Focused on Best Practices for Mobile Health Applications
HIMSS aligns with three other organizations to form Excertia, a nonprofit corporation focused on developing mobile app guidelines

Learn, Connect, Share: HIMSS17
HIMSS17 offers more than 300 education sessions including keynotes from nationally renowned speakers, thought leader sessions from the brightest minds in health IT, facilitated roundtable discussions and e-sessions.

Four States Receive Remaining Stimulus Funding for Health Information Exchanges
HHS used the final economic stimulus funds from a $2 billion appropriation to award four states’ health information exchanges (HIE) with grants totaling nearly $2.4 million.

Local Data for Better Health: 500 Cities Project
The measures developed through this project will enable public health professionals, city officials, policymakers and researchers to retrieve and explore uniformly defined city-and census tract-level data.


Value of Health IT: HIMSS presents The Value of Health IT featuring ConCert by HIMSS


How to Create a Culture of Governance, Risk Management, Compliance (GRC) in Healthcare
January 5th

HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar | Optimize Your Membership
January 9th

HIMSS Analytics Essential Knowledge Series: A look at trends in Health IT Security
January 10th

2017 Executive Dinner and CIO Panel Discussion | Washington Chapter of HIMSS
January 11th

Women in Health IT Awards: Women in Health IT. Most influential women in Health IT awards dinner. February 20, 2017. Register today >>

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