Virtual March on the States

Make your voice heard through our National Health IT Week Virtual March on the States! Contact your elected state officials quickly and easily with our letter highlighting steps your state can take to enact policies that help address the growing opioid epidemic.

IT'S EASY and will only takes two minutes, but it will have a huge impact.

This letter will encourage your State Senators, Delegates, and Representatives to take action and support the health IT community’s efforts to effectively use information and technology to combat the opioid crisis.

The opioid crisis has reached epic proportions and the abuse and misuse of medications costs more than $500 billion annually according to estimates from the White House Council of Economic Advisors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  As overdose deaths and societal costs continue to rise, policymakers across the country need to look for multifaceted solutions to combat this epidemic. Leveraging health information and technology can play a key role in combatting this crisis.

The March Asks include the following:  

  • Enact or broaden the adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances
  • Integrate prescription drug monitoring programs into electronic health records
  • Leverage telehealth to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and address provider shortages
  • Create or utilize an integrated data infrastructure across public health, behavioral health, justice, and human services to enhance timely opioid crisis response and prevention.  

Take Action Now!

We appreciate your support. Stay up to date on public policy and contact policy@himss.org with any questions.