The HIMSS advocates want lawmakers to set ONC's annual budget at $75 million, a steep uptick from the agency's historically static annual funding of $60 million.
Finally, participants in the HIMSS fly-in are pitching lawmakers about telehealth, appealing for legislation to broaden access to remote care, particularly in rural and other underserved areas where broadband service is often unavailable.
"There are a number of barriers to widespread adoption," says Kathy Wibberly, director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. "If we're trying to improve care, we need some mechanism to drive adoption in a widespread fashion, not just in the large, wealthy, urban hospital settings."
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