Welcome to HIMSS’ Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on health IT legislative and regulatory developments from HIMSS’ Government Relations team.  We welcome your feedback.  If you’re reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe!
Federal Affairs

Hear from the Assistant Secretary for Administration John Bardis, on the ReImagine HHS initiative that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has embarked on to more effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission


Plenty to see and explore during HIMSS18.


Sponsored by The MITRE Corporation, the Pavilion is the only place at HIMSS18 where you will be able to visit with several federal agencies in one place, learn about their health IT portfolios, as well as possible ways to collaborate with them. 


Join HIMSS, Health IT Now, and the Bipartisan Policy Center during HIMSS Global Conference on Tuesday, March 6th, from 12pm to 1pm in Room Zeno 4610 to hear about the recommendations and join the growing coalition of leaders and stakeholders who are working to advance efforts to reduce burdens and advance regulatory reforms to drive higher quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care

State Affairs

We will cover several health information and technology grassroots priorities, including HIMSS Chapter Advocacy, telehealth, Medicaid, interoperability, the opioid crisis, and disaster preparedness and response.


In a February 20, 2018 letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Donald Rucker, HIMSS offered comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Draft Guidance. In this letter, HIMSS leverages its members’ expertise in offering feedback on the Framework, and they look forward to a continued dialogue with ONC on interoperability within the healthcare IT community, espe


HIMSS engaged in an open and deliberative process to construct its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s draft guidance on the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). We utilized the workgroup that was created to activate our Interoperability Call to Action to develop our comment letter and act as a sounding board for feedback that we received from other stakeholder organizations where we collaborate.


"Ask medical school applicants why they wish to enter the arduous 7+ year training process that it takes to become a physician and virtually all will have the following admixed in their answer: 'Because I want to help people.' The cynics among us will snicker, thinking that’s a canned answer lacking sincerity. I disagree. Most me


CHICAGO (February 27, 2018) – Memorial Hermann, a 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient, exemplifies the successful use of health IT systems to substantially improve patient outcomes by implementing and monitoring IT interventions to ensure that all of its patients receive safe, high-quality care.

Upcoming Events

Mar 5, 2018 – Mar 9, 2018

2018 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Venetian-Palazzo-Sands Expo Center │ Las Vegas


Mar 5, 2018
8:00am - 4:30pm PST

Patient Engagement & Experience Summit

Wynn Las Vegas | HIMSS18


Mar. 5, 2018
8:00am – 4:30pm PST

Cloud Computing Forum

Wynn Las Vegas | HIMSS18


Mar. 22, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

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