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The bill directs CMS to issue a report on best practices and opportunities to reduce barriers to telehealth services to treat children, and requires the GAO to evaluate and recommend strategies to increase children’s access to services for SUD through telehealth.
The bill provides increased Congressional oversight over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program by requiring the VA to provide Congress with quarterly updates on the program
Federal Affairs
VA is hoping that health information will be much easier to share, and health care will be much easier to coordinate and deliver, as well as faster and safer.
The significance of this challenge to the health IT community is that the reporting on the safe use of EHRs continues to be a challenge to many healthcare providers.

The GDPR expands the privacy rights of EU individuals and places new obligations on all organizations that market, track, or handle EU personal data.

State Affairs

HIMSS State Government and Federal Affairs team is hosting the first of a series of three webinars on “Leveraging Health Information and Technology to mitigate the Opioid Crisis: Policy Landscape and Steps Forward” on Monday, June 4th from 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT.

This year, the chapters’ advocacy asks focused on telehealth, the opioid crisis, veteran suicide, and workforce development.
What the 2018 HIMSS US Compensation Survey Results Mean for Women in Health IT. June 13, 2018 12:00 PM CT

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society released an educational resource to keep hospital executives up-to-date on national health information exchange developments and interoperability initiatives.


Delivering care to the second most populated county in the U.S., Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) of Chicago serves a large and diverse patient population. Many of these patients suffer from chronic diseases such as lupus, HIV, and cancer – all of which require consistent laboratory monitoring.

Health Data Management (HDM) magazine announced its  2018 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, 50 female executive leaders including Carla Smith, executive vice president of HIMSS, founder and champion of the HIMSS Women in Health IT program. The impressive list also includes 30 women who are members of HIMSS. Smith also received this honor last year from HDM and appeared as one of the 2017 Most Powerful Women in HIT.
As a nursing informatics specialist, the journey to build a body of knowledge and wisdom has been a winding path through travel, experiences and education.
May 14, 2018
9:30 am – 6:00 pm EDT
8th Annual Golf Tournament | Maryland Chapter of HIMSS
Hayfields Country Club | 700 Hayfields Road | Cockeysville, MD 21030
May 15-16, 2018
UK e-Health Week
Olympia | London, UK
May 15-24, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm CDT
May 17, 2018
8:30 AM – 8:30 AM EDT
May 18, 2018
8:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Inaugural SAHIMSS CXO Panel
Plaza Club | 100 West Houston Street, 21st Floor | San Antonio, TX 78205
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