HIMSS Call to Action: Achieve Nationwide, Ubiquitous, Secure Electronic Exchange of Health Information

Patients’ lives, the health and security of our nation’s citizens, and the health of the US economy are – in part – reliant on ensuring the right people have the right access to the right health information at the right time. HIMSS asserts that we must routinely use secure, trustworthy, interoperable technologies and workflows to promote wellness, as well as protect and improve the health status of patients and populations.

HIMSS calls on the Department of Health and Human Services and the broader health information and technology community to demonstrate the following leadership:

  • Demand Integration between the Interoperability Approaches and Trusted Exchange Frameworks for the Public Good;
  • Educate the Community to Appropriately Implement Existing and Emerging Standards, Data Formats, and Use Cases to Ensure a Comprehensive, Integrated Approach to Care;
  • Ensure Stakeholder Participation from Across the Care Continuum, Including Patients and Caregivers;
  • Identify the “Minimum Necessary” Business Rules for Trusted Exchange to Enhance Care Coordination;
  • Standardize and Adopt Identity Management Approaches; and,
  • Improve Usability for Data Use to Support Direct Care and Research.

We welcome all collaborators to join us in our Call to Action. For more information, or to get involved, please contact Mari Greenberger, MPPA, Director of Informatics.

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