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HIMSS Election Reaction: We Expect Continued Focus on Health IT

November 8, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently released a statement in response to the results of Tuesday’s elections, congratulating President Barack Obama and the other winners of the night. In addition, HIMSS said it anticipates that the Obama administration and congressional members will “continue their focus on health IT.”

HIMSS said congress is likely to examine interoperability, the Meaningful Use program, and IT innovation. It said the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has already scheduled a hearing on Nov. 14, where HIMSS Board of Directors Chair Willa Fields, RN will present testimony.  Also, “Federal agencies are expected to soon release regulations to address key components of healthcare transformation, including the awaited ‘omnibus’ privacy rule, parameters for health insurance exchanges, and early designs on requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 3,” the organization said in a statement.

Other organizations, such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), have released their own comments on the election.

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