Canadian Healthcare IT Associations and Government Advocacy

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has taken an active role in promoting healthcare IT and eHealth among US government policy makers and politicians.  Some have even accused HIMSS as behaving like a lobbyist organization:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/20/AR2009052003600.html

While I don’t want to debate whether HIMSS is acting as a lobbyist (I take them at their word that they are not), I do think that they are providing an effective voice for the healthcare IT industry in the U.S.   I have heard complaints that Canadian healthcare related associations such as ITAC Health or COACH are not as effective in this regard.  What is your view?  Are they effectively representing their members views / concerns at the provincial and federal government level?  If not, should they step up their efforts in this regard?   If so, are there efforts effectively communicated to their members?  Should they even be trying to do so?

Mike

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