State of Florida 2015 HIT Advocacy Day

Monday, March 23rd - Networking Dinner at 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 24th - Breakfast and HIT Meeting


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About the event

The South Florida and Central & North Florida Chapters of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has joined together to convey our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems to our policy makers at our Annual HIT Days at the Capitol, establishing the State of Florida Health Information Technology (HIT) Week as March 23-29, 2015. Public and private healthcare constituents – representing the full spectrum of healthcare interests – will convene in Tallahassee, FL on March 23 & 24, 2015, in honor of this event.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Senator Rene Garcia, Chair Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services,  and Representative Gayle Harrell, Chair House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee presenting HIMSS members with the Senate and House Resolutions recognizing March 23-29, 2015 as the HIT Week in Florida.

Day 1 - Agenda

March 23, 2015

5:30pm-9:30pm   Reception at the Governors Club, Tallahassee, FL 
5:30pm    Attendee Registration
6:00pm   Welcoming Remarks 
    Lisa K. Rawlins, Sr. Vice President, SRG Technology
Advocacy Chair of the South Florida HIMSS Chapter
    Paul Salmon, Sr. Consultant, Lee Memorial Health System, Advocacy Chair, Central and North Florida HIMSS Chapter 
6:15pm-6:30pm   How a Bill Becomes a Law
    Lucretia Shaw Collins, Founder, Collins Consulting, LLC, Tallahassee, FL 
7:00pm-7:30pm   Hot Policy Topics Moving Through the Legislative Process that Affect You, Your Family, and Your Business, Robert M. Levy, Founder, Robert M. Levy and Associates, Tallahassee, FL


Day 2 - Agenda

March 24, 2015

7:30am- 12:00pm   Educational Sessions, Doubletree Hotel, Tallahassee Florida
 Hear from thought leaders regarding the advances in HIT adoption.
7:30am    HIT Policy Breakfast for HIMSS Members, Legislators, and Legislative Staff
8:00am- 8:15am   Introductions and Recognitions Krista Potthast-Haynes, Candidate, Master of Science Health Informatics USF Morsani College of Medicine; VP Education & Chairperson Florida ANIA advocacy & Regulation; Co-Chair CNFL HIMSS Advocacy & Public Policy Committee, Tampa, Florida
8:15am- 9:15am   The State of Florida’s Advances in Supporting the Use of HIT Elizabeth Dudek, Secretary, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, Tallahassee, FL
9:15am- 10:15am    How the Nation’s leading Pioneer Accountable Care Organization achieved Clinical and Financial Results Adrian Zai, M.D., M.P.H, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA  
10:15am - 11:15am   Reimbursement Methodologies Changing the Way Medicine is Practiced Dr. Thomas Prewitt, Jr. Director of the Healthcare Delivery Institute at HORNE LLP, Ridgeland, MS
11:15am – 12:00pm   Review and prepare for the journey over to the State Capitol to meet with Senator and State Representatives Lisa K. Rawlins, Sr. Vice President, HealthCare, SRG Technology, Fort Lauderdale, FL
12:00pm - 1:30pm   Lunch at the Capitol
1:30pm -5:00pm   Guided Tour of the Capitol
Attend Senate and House Committee Meetings
Meeting with Senate Members
Meeting with House Members
    Senator Rene Garcia & Representative Gayle Harrell presenting the Senate and House Resolutions
recognizing March 23-29, 2015 as the HIT Week in Florida


This initiative mirrors, on the state level, efforts executed since 2006 by the national parent organization, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), at the federal level. The National Health Information Technology (HIT) Week and State Recognized HIT weeks have emerged as landmark occasions for bringing together diverse healthcare stakeholders, who partner in developing neutral, common ground for the advancement of health IT adoption with "One Voice, One Vision.

Each year, HIMSS creates policy principles for all stakeholders to consider for inclusion as provisions in legislation proposed by the U.S. Congress or state legislatures, or for inclusion in federal and state regulations, to foster enhanced healthcare using IT. HIMSS addresses its policy principles in eleven separate categories:

1. Funding and Incentives

2. Quality and Outcomes

3. Organizational Structure

4. Safety, Standards, Infrastructure, and Innovation

5. Privacy and Security

6. Legal

7. Patient Empowerment

8. Equity and Access

9. Population Health

10. Workforce Development

11. Administrative Simplification

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership so that lives can be saved, outcomes of care improved, and costs reduced by transforming the delivery of healthcare through the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our vision.

Rooms have been reserved at the Four Points By Sheraton, 316 W. Tennessee St.  For reservations, go to the hotel website at: or call (850) 422-0071.  
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