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August 25, 2017

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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.

Nominate Influential Women Working in Public Policy

HIMSS is now accepting nominations for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards, celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT. Do you know a strong leader in the public policy arena who deserves to be recognized? Last year, HIMSS recognized the accomplishments and leadership of Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Karen Guice. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.  

Submit your nomination here.


The U.S. House and Senate are both in recess for the remainder of August.  Stay tuned for legislative updates when Members of Congress return to DC next month!


HIMSS and PCHA comment on Quality Payment Program Year 2 NPRM
In the letter HIMSS and PCHAlliance also encourage the development of more telehealth and remote patient monitoring options in the QPP.

HIMSS comments on ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement
HIMSS provided feedback to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement public comment.

CMS Announces Proposed Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model
The proposed rule would decrease the number of mandatory geographic areas that participate in the CJR model and would allow participants in the remaining areas to voluntarily participate.

HIMSS Releases 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey
Survey explores how our respondents are reacting to the new cyber threat landscape, what their challenges are, and what their priorities are for the future.

Updates from NH-ISAC
This week's updates provide timely legal and regulatory information and other topics of interest to the healthcare sector.


Annual Cybersecurity Review Available for State and Local Governments
The Nationwide Cyber Security Review utilizes a maturity scale that assesses how an organization is addressing the different activities within the National Institute of Standard and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) Core.


Behind the Scenes with the Annual Conference Education Committee
How do we ensure that all the events and exhibits at HIMSS18 will evoke a meaningful learning experience for all? That's where the Annual Conference Education Committee comes in.

The eCQI Resource Center: Your "One-Stop Shop" for electronic clinical quality improvement information and resources
A Pharmacist's Pathway to Informatics

By Afton Y. Wagner, PharmD, Senior Manager, Federal Affairs & Pharmacy Initiatives, HIMSS North America

When I began my pharmacy school journey in 2001, I was not aware of the diversity in career paths I could choose as a medical professional. Like many other pharmacy students, I believed that I could pick one of two tracks after graduation to include working in a hospital or retail community pharmacy. My view quickly changed thanks to a mentor.

How Our Culture of Inclusiveness Leads to Better Health
Together at HIMSS, we embrace the collaborative cause of achieving better health through the best use of information and technology.

Applying SOAP to Reveal the Storytelling Power of CDA
The Health Story Project presented a roundtable on August 7 to highlight the storytelling power of CDA documents.

Value Brief

Introducing the Re-Imagined HIMSS Value Suite Site

In a recent blog post, Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America, introduced the newly designed HIMSS Value Suite website.

HIMSS redesigned the Health IT Value Suite so it can better act as a resource to help identify how well organizations drive value out of its digital health technologies and associated processes.

The new Health IT Value Suite brings all of HIMSS's value-focused resources together:

  • Value Score
  • Guides to Value, and
  • Davies Award of Excellence.

Read the full blog post to learn more

What are the STEPS to Finding Value?

In 2013, HIMSS created the Health IT Value Suite, which involved collecting examples of measurable value from the use of digital health by physicians, hospitals and other organizations. 

As the collection grew, HIMSS was able to identify patterns. From those patterns HIMSS created the Health IT STEPS framework, which provides the healthcare industry with a language around value so that healthcare stakeholders can talk more clearly about it, seek it out, and learn to measure it. 

In 2017, HIMSS redesigned its new Health IT Value Suite, so it can better act as a resource healthcare providers can use to help identify how well an organization drives value out of its digital health technologies and associated processes.

The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite and its STEPS framework can also be used to help identify opportunities to drive more value from people, processes and technology. How did others do it? What were their outcomes? 

Learn more about the STEPS to Value framework, and discover ways other organizations have found value.


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Understanding how mobile and cloud computing is changing the way we manage the security and privacy of our data
August 24

2nd Annual Summer Social | Arizona Chapter of HIMSS
August 25

Digital Solutions to Fight Medication Non-adherence: electronic formulary, real-time benefit check and electronic prior authorization
August 31

Specialty Medications: electronic solutions to enhance efficiencies and create successful patient, healthcare provider team, and pharmacy experiences
September 6

Building a Successful Episode of Care Model
September 6

2017 Kick-off Reception | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
September 7

HL7 31st Annual Plenary & Working Group Meeting
September 9-15

Connected Health Conference: Connected Health Conference. The connected life journey. October 25 - 27, 2017 in Boston, MA

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