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Congressional Affairs

As Congress looks for ways to combat the ongoing opioids crisis, key House and Senate committees ramped up their work this week on developing legislation, with health IT taking a central role.

Federal Affairs

The study touches on topics of usability and functionality of health information technology such as EHRs for generating electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reports and how the data from these reports could be used to support quality improvement.


The Coast Guard has been using paper records at its 41 U.S. health clinics and 125 sick bays after it reverted back to paper records when it aborted a 2015 contract with Epic.


HIMSS Analytics is partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s US Commercial Service/International Trade Administration Office in Germany to host a webinar on May 8, 2018, at 12 pm EDT, on German eHealth law and market opportunities.

State Affairs

The deployment of this program comes at a pressing time as Puerto Rico struggles to overcome healthcare shortages in the wake of their disastrous hurricane season.


HIMSS recognizes chapters who complete a certain number of advocacy activities throughout the year.


A great opportunity for HIMSS Advocates to engage with key stakeholders to focus on health information and technology innovation and policy initiatives.


I learned early on in my career that a mentor and sponsor was critical for my success. However, it was not until recently that I understood and appreciated the power of a strong peer network, both inside and outside of your organization. I am so fortunate to work for an organization like EY, which actively seeks to advance women (see #WomenFastForward).


In an exciting yet increasingly noisy and crowded space, questions continue to arise around what can we do with blockchain in healthcare today?


Healthcare is becoming more connected with direct-to-consumer devices, apps, and mobile solutions from providers for managing chronic conditions, which is why connected health continues to be a hot topic of conversation.


Today is Equal Pay Day, a day of recognition for women across the U.S. who earn significantly lower wages than their male colleagues do.

HIMSS prioritizes the recognition of gender parity in the workforce. In recognition of Equal Pay Day this year, here are five key insights from the recently released 2018 HIMSS U.S. Compensation Survey, which gauged the feedback of 885 health IT professionals regarding wage and compensation.

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April 18, 2018
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Texas State HIM Spring Leadership Conference | Texas State University

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American Physician's Group Annual Conference

Manchester Grand Hyatt | San Diego, California


April 19, 2018 1:00 pm EST - April 20, 2018
12:00 pm EST

2018 Spring Event | West Virginia Chapter of HIMSS

Marriott at Waterfront Place | Morgantown, WV


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