Updates from SFLHIMSS Advocacy!

Thanks to the leadership of SFLHIMSS and the incredible support of The State of Florida Senate and House, the Florida Technology & Innovation Bill HB1391, that includes specific language related to Interoperability passed both chambers of the legislature in March, and was subsequently signed by the Governor and became law as of July 1.  This win is vital to the Health and Human Services communities; interoperability of patient information is key to the transformation of Healthcare delivery. Thanks to the leadership of the SFLHIMSS board for their undying support in passing this legislation, the support of the Central and North HIMSS, assistance of HIMSS National and support from South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association. Special thanks to Senator Gayle Harrell, (R) Stuart, Representative Jackie Toledo, (R) Hillsborough co-sponsors of the Bill and the support of many other legislators  who supported the bill and stayed on course to get us to this point.

Please review the Bill should you be interested in additional details


National HIMSS Advocacy

HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Center
HIMSS mobilizes its members and other collaborators to successfully accomplish multiple levels of advocacy activities that are fueled by its members’ passion and experience. These activities include educating HIMSS members and Members of Congress and their staff on key issues to actually proposing and writing draft legislation. In addition, HIMSS works closely with key federal and state level decision-makers to advance improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

HIMSS Federal Affairs Center
HIMSS Federal Affairs team leverages member and staff subject matter expertise to provide insight to key federal agency representatives, while promoting agency personnel involvement in HIMSS activities at the local, regional and national levels.

HIMSS Congressional Affairs
The mission of the HIMSS Congressional Affairs team is to support the organization and its chapters by building relationships with members of Congress and their staff, providing them with accurate information about health information technology and management systems in order to help them make effective public policy decisions.

HIMSS State Government Affairs
The mission of HIMSS Office of State Government Affairs is to support the organization and its Chapters by building effective partnerships and relationships with state and local officials. This is achieved through the representation and advocacy of HIMSS Public Policy Principles, needs and interests.


HIMSS National Capital Area Office
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 562-8800


Members of the HIMSS Government Relations team include:

Vice President, Government Relations
(703) 562-8814

Jeff Coughlin, MPP
Senior Director, Federal and State Affairs
(703) 562-8824

Samantha Burch
Senior Director, Congressional Affairs
(703) 562-8847

2015 Resolution

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program

With over 50 HIMSS Chapters across North America including the United States, its territories, and Canada,   HIMSS serves as the connection point for members and policy-makers on key health information and technology priorities. The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy program provides an opportunity for each HIMSS chapter to elect or appoint one or more of its members to expand HIMSS priorities through grassroots and grass tops engagement.

Collectively, HIMSS Chapter Advocates make up the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR). The CAR was established in 2004 to expand HIMSS’ outreach beyond Congressional and federal activities and it is an essential part of the greater HIMSS advocacy network. HIMSS CAR members serve as a strong coordinated voice and respected source of information about health information and technology. CAR members, through Researching, Educating, Power Building, and Monitoring, are able to influence state and local health information and technology policies.

Throughout the United States and its territories today, over 100 HIMSS Chapter Advocates are engaged in planning and facilitating advocacy and public policy activities within their state or region.