Advocacy at the Local and National Level

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HIMSS formulates its Public Policy Principles to serve as guidance for proposed health IT related legislation by the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, and inclusion in federal and state regulations to improve the quality, accessibility, and efficiency of healthcare and reduce costs using IT. Additionally, HIMSS’s Public Policy Principles serve as a roadmap to guide HIMSS’ activities throughout the year. The Public Policy Principles are formally reassessed bi-annually by a Work Group of HIMSS individual members, formally reviewed by the various HIMSS Committees and functional experts throughout the Society, and approved by the HIMSS Board of Directors. Proposed changes may be submitted by any HIMSS individual member; the Policy Principles are updated by the Board of Directors on an as-needed basis.

HIMSS addresses its policy principles in the following categories:

  1. Funding and Incentives
  2. Clinical Quality and Outcomes
  3. Organizational Structure
  4. Interoperability, Standards, and Infrastructure
  5. Innovation, Safety, and Process
  6. Privacy and Security
  7. Legal
  8. Patient Empowerment/Consumer Engagement
  9. Equity and Access
  10. Population and Public Health Management
  11. Workforce Development
  12. Administrative Simplification
  13. Mobile Health
  14. Regional and State Level