About the Institute for e-Health Policy

The Institute for e-Health Policy was launched to provide research and educational opportunities for public- and private-sector stakeholders�two key constituents that make and are most directly impacted by e-health policy decisions. The Institute is part of the HIMSS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with charitable, scientific and educational goals.


20 YearsCapitol 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. Senators
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Angus King (I-ME)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
John Thune (R-SD)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)


U.S. House of Representatives
Diane Black (R-TN)
Michael Burgess (R-TX)
Doris Matsui (D-CA)
Tim Murphy (R-PA)
Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

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.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at several levels.  For more information, contact: Tom Leary (tleary@himss.org), Executive Director of the HIMSS Foundation or make a donation today.

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).


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