Tech vendors can, and should, participate in healthcare IT rule-making

Tech vendors can, and should, participate in healthcare IT rule-making

By Dodge Communications (not verified) on June 6th, 2013

We work with all types of healthcare stakeholders at Dodge. Many of our clients are technology vendors trying to help customers keep up with the slew of regulatory changes in the industry. It’s hard work to stay abreast of new rules and policies—and even more challenging to react to them. But there’s a better way: Vendors can, and should, participate in HIT standards and rule-making activities.

Vendors have the opportunity to be a voice for their customers—and their own business interests. After all, truly engaged companies have a direct communications channel to health plans, providers and patients, giving them a deep understanding of the challenges they face. I’m excited about the collaboration of government and industry stakeholders—and it’s great fun to listen in on the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) policy and standards committee workgroup meetings. Seriously! I’m not even joking!

The editor over at Government Health IT was kind enough to let me explain how to get involved on the publication’s blog. Listening in on policy and standards committee workgroups not your thing? You can always hang out with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, on Twitter @Farzad_ONC.