Joint Team California (Both Northern & Southern) HIMSS is Honored by California Lieutenant Governor

By: Sherri Douville

Congratulations are in order to the joint effort of the Northern and Southern California HIMSS chapters and our advocacy teams. California State HIT day, which was held on May 25 was given a Certificate of Honor signed by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

The Co-chairs of the event, Ian Slade Vice President, Advocacy, SoCal HIMSS, Martha Dameron, At-Large Board Member & Chair, Advocacy Committee, NorCal HIMSS, and Shanti Wilson, Co-Chair for the event together with John Petring, John Conklin, Michelle Heimann, and Danica Ramos (pictured below) planned an exceptional and educational day for HIMSS members in California. 

HIMSS members from throughout the state were able to learn more about the process of advocacy, hear from HIMSS national leadership specializing in policy, physician leaders who also implement policy at the front lines, hear from, and interact with lawmakers.  This included Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D., who Chairs the Senate Health committee.  The Senate Health Committee addresses Bills relating to public health, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, health insurance and managed care, and related institutions.

Jeff Coughlin, Sr. Director, Federal Affairs, HIMSS joined by video call and provided a nice overview of MACRA and MIPS, what CMS refers to as their “Quality Payment Program”, which providers will be evaluated against starting in 2017 and typical of CMS, will be a strong signal in payer market trends.

Keynote speaker, Valerie Rogers, Director, State Government Affairs, HIMSS North America informed us of what HIMSS National is doing to promote the industry and provided tips for ways to get involved with legislation.

Subsequently, Latoya Thomas, Director, State Policy Resource Center, American Telemedicine Association provided updates to the progress being made in Telemedicine reimbursement; she reminded attendees that California had been a leader in Telemedicine and encouraged us to continue that leadership.

Christopher Clark, Principal Security Engineer, Synopsis and Palo Alto networks shared their points of view and tips on managing the process of security in the current landscape which reveals healthcare being increasingly targeted.

Our lunch sponsor, SimpliVity shared interesting trends to consider in resource management, both technical and human, tradeoffs brought by the implementation of hyper converged infrastructure for those of us interested in and managing data storage.

Moderator: Alex Go, Vice President, Freed Associates led a working lunch with participation from Carol Yarbrough, Business Operations Manager Telehealth Resource Center, UCSF, Josh Tamayo Sarver, MD, Director of Clinical Analytics and Research, CEP/MedAmerica, and Dr. Steven Lane, Physician Director Health Information Privacy, Security & Interoperability at Sutter Health who each shared the efforts and progress that their organizations are making to promote interoperability to improve patient care.  Dr. Lane provided an apropos image depicting what we imagine to be a clinician “drowning in data” to underscore both the challenge and opportunity to enable clinicians to benefit from the data available from disparate sources in a meaningful way. 

Donald Wagner, pictured below emphasized the importance of HIMSS members to provide their input and insights to lawmakers so that they may be educated on healthcare and technology’s impact in improving California’s health care system.

Before heading to the Capitol to advocate, members were given some great advocacy tips by event Co-Chair Ian Slade, wrapping up an important day and resource for any HIMSS members working on their company’s strategic technology plans in our evolving healthcare landscape.

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