Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics
One major component of the Institute’s programs is leadership of the Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics. Since 1993, the Steering Committee has convened more than 170 widely attended educational sessions and healthcare information technology demonstrations for members of Congress, congressional staff, key federal agency officials, industry professionals and the general public.
U.S. House of Representatives
The Steering Committee is supported by more than 40 major organizations in the healthcare and health information technology (IT) communities, including associations, government agencies, universities and corporations.
e-Health Public Policy Internships and Externships
The Institute now operates e-Health Public Policy Internship and Externship programs, which have hosted students working on self-directed healthcare policy projects since 2004. The programs are tailored to support college undergraduate, graduate, and health professions students. In addition to internship placements, the Institute participates in the University of California Externship Program and the Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Selective for first year medical students.
National Health IT Week
National Health IT Week is an annual collaborative forum started in 2006 during which public and private sector organizations unite with the goal of fostering the widespread adoption of health information technology. National Health IT Week unites key constituents from associations, consumer organizations, payers, provider groups, vendors, and research foundations under one banner with a call for accelerating change. Organizations with diverse perspectives on healthcare gather in Washington, DC and around the country to work together under one banner with the goal of improving healthcare efficiency, quality, cost-effectiveness and patient safety through health IT. For more information visit www.healthitweek.org.
Executive in Residence Program
An executive-in-residence is a distinguished senior executive invited to share his or her expertise with the Institute on a project of national significance. The executive is available to Institute staff, key stakeholders and other interested leaders to help support programs and initiatives. The executive serves as project adviser, convener and lecturer for the Institute. This generous contribution of time and wisdom allows the Institute to expand offerings and improve the quality of service to the e-health community.
The current Institute for e-Health Policy Executive-in-Residence is Simeon Niles. Niles is an attorney and experienced public health professional with extensive experience with a variety of government agencies and non-profits, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Georgia Watch, a leading consumer advocacy organization in Atlanta; and the World Health organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law, where he was a member of the Emory Moot Court Society, and his M.P.H. from the Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to law school, Niles worked at a management-consulting firm managing various marketing campaigns.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at several levels. For more information, contact: Tom Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org), Executive Director of the HIMSS Foundation.
To learn more about federal regulatory and legislative activities affecting health IT, please visit the HIMSS Policy pages. You may also view archived issues and subscribe to the weekly HIMSS Health IT Policy Update newsletter (complimentary).