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Welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on legislative and regulatory activities related to health IT from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback, and if you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.

Congressional Affairs

Committee Roundtable Explores How Legislation Can Strengthen Digital Healthcare
On Tuesday the House Energy and Commerce Committee 21st Century Cures imitative held its second panel discussion to explore digital health care, click here to learn more about the discussion.

Common Ground Sought on Mental Health Legislation, Includes Health IT Provisions
A bipartisan group of House members of Representatives met this week seeking a compromise on the mental health bills introduced this Congress, for more information about the discussion click the link above.

House Passes Department of Defense Spending Legislation for FY15
Last Friday the House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 by a vote of 340-73, find out what it means for EHR implementation at the DoD by clicking the link above.

Discussion Focuses on Health IT Experiences in other Developed Countries
The healthcare systems in other developed countries are facing similar challenges to those of the US including cost, access, and quality according to multiple speakers at HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy briefing on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, learn more by clicking the link above.

Mark Your Calendars: The Institute for e-Health Policy Will Be Busy This Summer!
The Institute for e-Health Policy will hold a briefing in July on military medicine and health IT, click the link to learn how to register.

Federal Affairs

DoD Close to Issuing Final RFP for EHR Acquisition; Accepting Comments on 3rd Draft
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) held an Industry Day to discuss the acquisition process and the newly released 3rd draft of a Request for Proposal (RFP) that was released on June 12, 2014, click here to learn more.

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance on Medical Image and Medical Device Systems
On June 20, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration issued proposed guidance on Medical Device Data Systems, Medical Image Storage Devices, and Medical Image Communications Devices, click the link above to learn more about the proposed guidance.

FDA Touts EHR Data Potential
This week, Janet Woodcock, MD – Director of Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) – penned a blog post discussing the potential of EHR data to help advance drug development and monitoring, read more about her blog post here.

Secretary Hagel Orders MHS Review
On Tuesday Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a comprehensive review of the Military Health System, click the link above to learn more about Secretary Hagel’s memo ordering the review.

ONC Adds Partners for Blue Button Campaign
ONC is partnering with a number of organizations, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Indian Health Service, Walgreens, and the American Cancer Society, for a national Blue Button Campaign this fall, click the link for more information about the campaign.

More Transitions for VA Officials
Several staff transitions affected the Veterans Administration on Wednesday, June 25, click the link to learn about the staff changes.

HHS Announces New Director of OCR
Newly confirmed Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell named Jocelyn Samuels as the new director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights

State Affairs

Florida Governor Signs "Florida Information Protection Act of 2014”
On June 22, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014, click the link to learn more about the legislation.


Download the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey
Recognizing the growing number of healthcare organizations starting to use cloud services to host applications and data using a software-as-a-service model, HIMSS Analytics wanted to understand the challenges, barriers and successes healthcare organizations may be having with cloud services. The result is the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey. Access to the survey is free upon completing a short demographics form. Learn more>>

mHealth Summit Presentations Deadline is Friday
The deadline for submitting a presentation for the mHealth Summit and the new Global mHealth Forum is only two days away. The Summit and Forum are accepting presentation proposals for the 2014 program through June 27. Submit your idea and be a part of these dynamic events. Full details on these events, topic areas and submission guidelines are available online. Learn more>>

PUBLISHING: JHIM Innovation Abstracts Due Next Week
“Innovation” is the latest buzzword in health IT—but what does it mean practically, philosophically and culturally? Those are questions posed in the Fall 2014 issue of the HIMSS peer-reviewed Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM). JHIM is seeking abstracts for its forthcoming issue on “Innovation in Health IT: Bringing Creativity to the Industry’s Most Pressing Challenges.” JHIM accepts case studies, literature reviews, industry analysis, and informed, researched essays. Read more about the topic and requirements>>

VOLUNTEER: HIMSS mHealth Community
The HIMSS mHealth Community is seeking members for the upcoming fiscal year. The Community provides critical updates on mobile health IT policy, industry thought leadership and the opportunity to network with stakeholders across the mHealth ecosystem. Join us on July 1 at 12 pm (ET), to hear about numerous existing resources, opportunities to engage, and exciting pending resources. E-mail us at for registration.

VOLUNTEER: Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Community
The HIMSS C&BI Community supports activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education to help you effectively manage and use data. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events on the fourth Thursday of most months from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Join the Community or learn more and review past events by visiting the C&BI Community website.

VOLUNTEER: HIMSS Provider-Payer Community
The HIMSS Provider-Payer Community is bridging the gap between providers and payers to achieve collaborative care transformation. Share your knowledge, ideas, and thoughts through monthly interactive webinars, two-minute drills to the community, and social media engagement. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events the third Thursday of most months from 4-5 p.m. (ET). Join the Community or learn more and review past events by visiting the Provider-Payer Community website.

PUBLISHING: Online Journal of Nursing Informatics
OJNI is seeking manuscripts that represent a functional area of nursing informatics practice and are of interest to a nursing informatics audience. All manuscripts must represent original, unpublished material. Interested authors are encouraged to visit the OJNI webpage to learn more about the submission process.

VOLUNTEER: HIMSS Connected Patient Community
The Connected Patient Community is where volunteer leaders, providers, payers, consultants, vendors, HIT decision makers and industry thought leaders all come together. Our focus is to equip providers, provider organizations, and ACO leaders with information through education, tools and resources to effectively e-engage patients. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events the third Tuesday of most months from 2-3 p.m. (ET).

VOLUNTEER: Call for Health Business Solutions Committee Volunteers
HIMSS is seeking volunteers to serve on the HIMSS Health Business Solutions (HBS) Committee. HBS addresses critical areas that affect financial performance of healthcare organizations, including revenue cycle improvement, financial privacy and security and ICD-10. The HBS Committee has strong representation including: providers, payers, financial institutions, software/service vendors, clearing houses and consulting companies. If interested in serving, contact Jon Melling, FHIMSS, Chair, HBS Committee, at the link above.

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It’s Time to Register for the 13th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit!
Registration is now open for the 13th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit taking place at the Grand Hyatt Washington on September 17-18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Early bird registration rates end August 9th.  Register here today!

Policy Summit attendees learn about important health IT public policy issues and current priorities of Congress, hear from national health IT thought leaders, network with other advocacy leaders from around the country, and relay HIMSS’ three top priority Congressional Asks directly to Members of Congress and their staffs.

At last year’s 12th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit, nearly 300 individuals joined together to discuss key policy issues among the health IT community and meet with their elected officials and staff.  Click here for a summary of last year’s Summit, and click here to join us in 2014!

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Public Policy Event Calendar

HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

“Advancements in Defense and Veterans Health Information Technologies”
July 9, 2014

National Health IT Week
September 15-19, 2014

HIMSS 13th Annual Policy Summit
Grand Hyatt Washington DC
September 17-18, 2014

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