Advocacy

Iowa HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) Committee

Iowa HIMSS CAR provides an opportunity for chapter members to coordinate advocacy efforts at the grassroots level to build the political will for legislation that leverages health information technology (IT) and management systems to save lives, improve outcomes of care, and reduce costs.

Objective: Establish Iowa HIMSS CAR as the leader in health information and technology advocacy.

Key Results:

  1. Monthly CAR Committee calls to discuss health information and technology legislation and happenings locally and nationally.

  2. Participation from out-of-state HIMSS advocates; Helen (MI), Kevin (NE), and Lauren (IL) have verbally committed.

  3. Participation from State of Iowa representatives or staff members.

  4. Participation from Iowa HIMSS board members.

  5. Contribute on the State Health IT plan.

  6. Invitation and participation at an event with a State of IA representative, at our meeting or a meeting that the State of IA is hosting.

Sync the Iowa HIMSS CAR Google Calendar to participate in future calls:

Iowa HIMSS CAR Google Calendar

Iowa HIMSS CAR Membership:

HIMSS Iowa utilizes Chapter Advocates to drive prioritized legislation forward. Chapter Advocates are HIMSS Iowa members who volunteer to participate in CAR Committee discussions. CAR members advocate on behalf of HIMSS and HIMSS Iowa to further health IT policy and build political will for key legislation by calling or writing into their representatives, meeting with their representatives, and lending their expertise to educational events and panels. Members become health IT subject-matter experts through interactions with CAR.

Iowa CAR Members:

  • Eric Pahl, HealthTech Solutions, Chair

  • Cody Zoss, Mercy DesMoines, Former-Chair

  • Bill Coddington, UnityPoint Health

  • Stan Rankins, Telligen

  • Iowa HIMSS Board Members

  • Your Name Here! Contact - eric-pahl@txpchat.com

Visiting CAR members:

  • Lauren Wiseman (Illinois)

  • Kevin Conway (Nebraska)

  • Helen Hill (Michigan)

State of Iowa:

  • Lon Laffey, Iowa Dept. of Public Health (pending)

  • Robert von Wolffradt, State of Iowa (pending)

  • Robert Holz, Iowa Communications Network (pending)

For more information on CAR Committee Membership and to become a Chapter Advocate, e-mail Eric Pahl at eric-pahl@txpchat.com .

Top HIMSS Legislative Priorities:

  • Supporting Healthcare Transformation

  • Expanding Access to Quality Healthcare

  • Increasing Economic Opportunity

  • Making Communities Healthier

HIMSS Resources:

HIMSS Action Center

HIMSS mobilizes its members around the country and seeks to perform multiple levels of outreach activities to members of Congress and their staff through a variety of initiatives, providing accurate information about health information technology (IT) to help them make effective public policy decisions. Learn how to take action now.

Health IT Public Policy

HIMSS believes that the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems can transform healthcare to save lives, improve outcomes of care and reduce costs. Learn about key issues in health IT public policy.

Additional Resources

Iowa Legislative Process

Iowa Legislator State District Maps

U.S. Legislative Process