Jeff Coughlin is the Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs at HIMSS. In this position, he leads HIMSS’ efforts to build stronger relationships with federal agencies and facilitates the building of a nationwide network of advocates for state-based initiatives that impact all aspects of health IT. Before joining HIMSS, Coughlin was the team leader for corporate accounts at the Marwood Group, where he worked with non-profit health systems, health IT vendors, professional societies, and trade associations, analyzing where they could most effectively influence legislative and regulatory processes and focus their advocacy efforts. His career also included several years in the health care non-profit advocacy world, where he led efforts in policy development, directed outreach to Congress and Executive Branch agencies, built advocacy coalitions with like-minded organizations, and created robust grassroots networks. Coughlin also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was part of the team responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Government Performance and Results Act within the Department.
In this session, Jeff Coughlin, HIMSS’s director of state and federal affairs, examines election results at the presidential, congressional, and state levels, and possible impacts on healthcare and health IT. Attendee questions are encouraged. Jeff will also discuss potential actions HIMSS and its members can take to educate newly elected officials on the importance of health IT.
Describe the key outcomes of the 2016 Presidential, Congressional and State elections.
Explain the potential impact of the elections on healthcare and health IT policy.
Identify ways HIMSS members can support engagement with the new administration and 115th Congress.