What to expect from federal HIT officials at HIMSS13

By Healthcare IT News Staff
08:08 AM

If someone were to ask you to list all the sessions at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition where a government official is speaking, the first thing you would have to ask is: do you have time to hear it? There are at least 25 sessions that do just that.

Of course, the final keynote to be given by former President Bill Clinton will likely touch on government issues in his March 6, 1 p.m. speech. In addition, there is a long line-up of government official participation at this year’s conference, most planning to give updates on their agency’s latest initiative to advance healthcare IT adoption.

Carolyn Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will be speaking on March 6 from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in Room 227, and Dan Pollock, MD, the Surveillance Branch Chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be speaking March 7, from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. in Room 271, offering some ways to meet federal and state reporting requirements.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a booth, #2868, and an HIE Symposium planned for March 3. The agency also has five more sessions, including one to address meaningful use featuring CMS policy analyst Robert Anthony on March 4 from 9:45 a.m.¬–10:45 a.m. in New Orleans Theater C.

It wouldn’t be 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition without hearing from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the agency won’t disappoint with sessions on meaningful use, safety, patient empowerment, and the always lively and informative ONC Town Hall, to be presided over by ONC chief Farzad Mostashari and held March 4 from 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. inNew Orleans Theater C.

In other sessions, HIMSS13 attendees can also expect to hear from state and federal lawmakers, the Health Resources and Services Administration; the Military Health System; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and more.

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