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April 10, 2015

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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.

HIMSS15 Government Relations Recommended Sessions
HIMSS has compiled the following sessions which may be of interest to you. All times listed are in the central time zone.  Additional fees may apply for preconference programs.

Publisher’s Note: The Health IT Policy Update will not publish on April 17, during HIMSS15. We will resume publishing on April 24.


ONC Releases Report to Congress on Health Information Blocking
The report, requested by Congress in December’s “Cromnibus” legislation, asked that ONC study the extent of this so-called information blocking including ways to address it and the number of EHR vendors, hospitals and doctors who practice it and report its findings back to Congress.

Please Visit the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion at HIMSS15
At HIMSS15, please plan to visit the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion on the Exhibition Hall floor in the North Building, Hall B, Booth 6436. There are six federal agencies participating in this year’s Pavilion: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Commerce, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Health Architecture, National Institutes of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. 

HIMSS Engaged

The Value of the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
I joined HIMSS in September 2014 as Manager, Clinical Informatics. In this role, I oversee and manage the day to day operations of Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER).

A New Sentinel Event Alert Examines Safe Use of Health Information Technology
It builds on Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 42, issued in 2008, which focused on safely implementing health information and converging technologies.

Chief Nursing Officer Sought
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is looking for a Chief Nursing Officer.


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Institute for eHealth Policy Events

Coordination of Federal Agency Policy Efforts to Help Advance the Safe and Secure Implementation of Mobile Healthcare Technologies
Wednesday, May 20th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Interoperability Opportunities and Issues Among the Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, and Private Sector Health Systems: Transforming Care for Our Military, Their Families, and Veterans
Wednesday, June 3rd, 12:00-2:00 pm ET, Senate Visitors Center Room 203-02

Special Briefing for Capitol Hill and Association Interns and Fellows: “The HIT Landscape
Wednesday, June 17th, 12:00 -2:00 pm ET

HITECH Implementation Status Update: Meaningful Use Stages; Regional Extension Centers; Healthcare Information Exchanges and the Beacon Program
Wednesday, July 15th 12:00-2:00 pm ET

HIMSS Events

Balancing Quality Reporting and Outcomes Improvement
April 12, 2015

CAHIMS In Person Review Course | HIMSS 15 Event
April 12, 2015

CBI Symposium: Deploying C&BI to Enable the Future State of Care: Population Health Management
April 12, 2015

Changing Payment Models Symposium
April 12, 2015

Got Tools? Applying Method to the Project Madness!
April 12, 2015


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