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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.


Cybersecurity, FDA User Fees and HHS FY18 Budget Take Center Stage in Congress
The House and Senate returned from the Memorial Day recess to a packed schedule of hearings and markups with important implications for health IT.


HIMSS and PCHAlliance Collaborate on Comments to FCC on Actions to Accelerate Adoption and Accessibility of Broadband-Enabled Health Care Solutions
The comment letter emphasizes strong support from these organizations for flexibility throughout the systems and regulations governing broadband access.

VA Secretary Announces Decision on EHR
Secretary Shulkin stated that because of the urgency and the critical nature of this decision, he felt that is was within the public interest exception to the requirement for full and open competition in technology acquisition.

Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Releases Final Report
The findings within the report are the result of discussions among Task Force members, experts in the healthcare industry, and colleagues in government and cross-sector critical infrastructure sectors.  This article highlights key content from the Task Force's report and provides relevant information on HIMSS initiatives, as appropriate.

NH-ISAC Updates
Updates and news from NH-ISAC.


Connecticut Poses Itself as a Health Technology Epicenter
Many health officials believe that Connecticut could one day serve as a "hub of health-tech innovation."

Louisiana Enforces Use of Monitoring Program to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic
State lawmakers in Louisiana have mandated that doctors make use of a statewide prescription-monitoring program prior to prescribing opioids to prevent "doctor shopping" for painkillers.  This move comes at a time when many states are looking to technology for solutions to the opioid crisis, with many states introducing legislation requiring e-prescriptions of opioids.

NASHP Releases Brief on Physical and Behavioral Health Integration
The brief highlighted how leading states have supported infrastructure development using diverse policy strategies of physical and behavioral health integration.

News from the GR Team
This summer we have four new interns who all helped write some introductions so that you can get to know them.


Code Red Episode #10: How to Survive a Hacker Attack
In this episode, Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS SVP and CIO at Boston Children's Hospital will explain his hospital's strategy for defending against Anonymous and describe how his organization successfully survived the ordeal, as well as how it has evolved based on lessons learned.

STEPS to Value Episode #37:  How CHOC Drives Value through an Optimization-Focused Culture  
In this episode of STEPS to Value, we talk to 2016 Davies Award winning Children's Hospital of Orange County.  We discuss how they were able to optimize the people, processes and technologies tasked to care daily for 1 in 100 kids in the United States.

Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report: Analysis and Recommendations
The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force released the final version of its report to Congress on June 2, 2017.

Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Releases Final Report
HIMSS applauds the hard work of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force with the release of its Final Report.

Connecting the Interoperability Puzzle Pieces in ONC Resource
In April, I wrote a blog post introducing the new interactive Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) and sharing HIMSS's first set of comments in response to ONC requests for feedback included in the document. The HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force recently compiled a second set of comments, continuing the conversation about critical needs to improve interoperability within the health IT ecosystem.


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AAMI Annual Conference
June 9-12

Precision Medicine Summit
June 12-13

4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament | Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS
June 12

Do You Know What it Really Costs to Deliver Care? How to Optimize Value & Outcomes
June 13

SUNY Plattsburgh's TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories
June 14

Veterans Career Services Webinar: Transitioning Your Career to Healthcare IT
June 14

Preventing Diabetic Blindness: The Innovative Solutions of 3 Health Systems to Achieve a 5-Star Goal
June 14

Get the Leeches Out of Your Item Master
June 14

Facing the Wave of Uncertainty that Lies Ahead | New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS
June 15

BrandHIT | A HIMSS Event
June 15-16

June 2017 Lunch & Learn | San Antonio Chapter of HIMSS
June 15

The Future of a Federated Identity Ecosystem 

June 15

Spring 2017 Event | West Virginia Chapter of HIMSS
June 16 

13th Annual LTPAC Health IT Summit
June 26-27

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