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HIMSS Delivers 9 Recommendations for Strengthening Primary Healthcare


What You Should Know:

This week, The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health on the HHS Initiative to Strengthen Primary Healthcare. The letter submitted on 8/1 calls for improved healthcare access, equity and outcomes to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH).

– The OASH requested input from healthcare groups and the public on what the federal government could do to strengthen primary health care in the United States, a priority of the Biden Administration.

Recommendations for Strengthening Primary Healthcare through U.S. Government

In the letter, HIMSS provided 9 key recommendations that it believes would improve primary care:

1. Primary care settings should address the social determinants of health (SDOH) by collecting, exchanging and reporting SDOH data2. Support programs that fund personal health navigators to help underserved communities understand and access benefits that will improve their health status, and overcome SDOH-associated challenges3. Ensure availability of, and access to, health services research tailored to primary care settings4. Explore data visualization as a tool in Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for primary care providers to rapidly […]

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