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December 15, 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.

Congressional Affairs

CHRONIC Care Act Introduced in the House
Last week, Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced a House companion to the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 4579).

Federal Affairs

White House Convenes Interoperability Summit
On Tuesday, December 12, the White House held a meeting focused on electronic health record (EHR) interoperability. 

FDA Releases Guidance on Advancing New Digital Health Policies
On December 7, 2017 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took their next step in the implementation of the 21st Century Cures law with the release of three new policy documents in hopes of advancing the FDA's approach to the development and proper oversight of innovative digital health tools.

ONC Announces First Spotlight in Interoperability Proving Ground
On December 12, 2017 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced the first Spotlight project for the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG).

NIST Proposes Updates to Cybersecurity Framework
On December 5, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the Draft NIST Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Version 1.1.

Health Information Technology Advisory Committee to Meet in January
The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) is outlined in Section 3002 of the 21st Century Cures Act and will make recommendations to the National Coordinator on a policy framework to advance an interoperable health information technology infrastructure.

Your voice is needed on the official 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey
Calling all information security professionals. Share your thoughts on the 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey.

State Affairs

California Leverages Health information and Technology in Disaster Response
The California Health Information Exchange (CAHIE), along with the Office of the National Coordiantor for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the California Emergency Medical Services Authority developed a disaster response health information portal called the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE).

Ohio Bill Referred to House Committee on Broadband Development Program
An Ohio bill (H.B. 378) was recently referred to the House Finance Committee to create a state broadband development grant program.


Improving Patient Outcomes Starts with the EMR
As healthcare organizations across the nation are increasing their focus on value derived from patient care, Loma Linda University Medical Center embarked on their own journey to improve patient outcomes by leveraging digital health innovations into their workflow.

Maximizing Quality Measure Opportunities Maximizes Patient Outcomes
At Nebraska Medicine, focusing on patient safety, quality and improved outcomes are at the center of the organization's core values. Empowered by a vision to become the organization of choice for comprehensive care in their region, Nebraska Medicine is utilizing the technology available within their electronic health record (EHR) to improve the overall health of patients.

Clinical Document Exchange Requires Workflow Considerations
The systems we all depend upon to provide healthcare and promote the health of individuals and populations continue to struggle with interoperability. However, as with any challenge, people and systems rise to address real needs. Interoperability requires diverse systems to exchange clinical information. Doing so is not easy, and neither is the implementation of the requisite process changes to support the flow of information.

Healing, Football, and the Power of Sight in the Patient Experience
Green and white. Black and gold. At 825 Stadium Drive in Iowa City, these are the colors that fill your vision. On certain fall Saturdays Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team, transforms itself from the synthetic fibers in its turf into a living, breathing organism full of players and fans, groups of cells all aligned with one pursuit in their hearts: one more yard, one more day, one more breath.


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2017 Holiday Reception | Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS
December 19, 2017 | Nashville, TN

Privacy and Information Security. How can we help?
December 21, 2017 | Virtual Event 

In Sickness and in Health: Simplifying the Marriage of Hybrid IT
January 9, 2018 | HIMSS Learning Center

January 10, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

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