Chicago-based HIMSS has issued a Presidential Health Information Technology Briefing Book that outlines eight policy recommendations for the presidential candidates.
According to HIMSS, the recommendations include:
· permanent status for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT;
· full funding for all federal HIT initiatives;
· adoption incentives and reimbursement methodologies;
· interoperability standards and harmonization;
· certification of EHR products;
· privacy and security;
· reform of physician self-referral and anti-kickback statutes;
· and consumer empowerment.
The briefing book also includes an Executive Summary, a HIT 101 primer, current initiatives, resources and tools.