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Finding ways to enhance our nation’s cyber readiness and help the healthcare sector better defend itself against increasingly sophisticated and growing cybersecurity threats has long been a priority for HIMSS.

Federal Affairs

In a May 30, 2018 letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS offered comments to CMS in response to the CMS electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) and quality reporting strategy for eligible hospitals and eligible clinicians.


HIMSS offered comments to Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Developing a Software Precertification Program: A Working Model.

State Affairs

The National League of Cities announced their annual State of the Cities report, an analysis of priorities based on the mayors’ State of the City addresses.

What the 2018 HIMSS US Compensation Survey Results Mean for Women in Health IT. June 13, 2018 12:00 PM CT

If you’re a veteran HIMSS conference goer and you attended this year, did you notice something different?

Besides the conference having our most attendees to date, perhaps you noticed the emphasis on HIMSS as a global conference. Indeed, HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition attendees had access to an unprecedented number of international speakers and vendors, including special programming highlighting digital health efforts in Canada.


While healthcare seems to be enamored of the latest shiny object that is AI, the industry still has to master some of the basics of data-sharing. With more than three decades of healthcare experience, Harold "Hal" Wolf III is well-aware of the industry's need to walk before it can run. Wolf, who took the helm in September 2017 as president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, says real innovation will come when the industry becomes more adept at turning data into actionable information. Wolf replaced H. Stephen Leiber, who retired after leading the organization for 17 years. Wolf previously worked for the Chartis Group consultancy and spent 10 years as an executive with Kaiser Permanente. He recently met with the Modern Healthcare editorial team. The following is an edited transcript.


Nursing informaticists are fortunate to be at the forefront of an evolving specialty – one recognized for being integral to every aspect of patient care delivery.


The Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) is pleased to welcome Steve Wretling as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. In this new executive leadership role at HIMSS, Wretling will strategically guide enterprise-wide initiatives around digital innovations and technology.


June 11 8:00 am - 12, 2018 4:30 pm PDT

Healthcare Security Forum
San Francisco | California

June 12, 2018
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