The UHMS stakeholders want the UHMS to be more effective in representing the field’s interests and because of the position of the organization financially, it is unable to address many of the requests.
The biggest areas of need according to the members and stakeholders are funding research and analysis, and addressing public policy issues.
Based on universal need, the UHMS’s board of directors has approved the formal establishment of a program to allow fundraising to occur and to create two buckets for charitable donations.
We intend on restoring the research program and building a strong public policy program to address the issues impacting the UHMS stakeholders.
The UHMS needs a mechanism to fund basic research, patient registry programs and to pay for analytical and statistical review of registry data and EHR quality data for use in publishing position statements on current or future hyperbaric oxygen therapy indications and similar projects. These initiatives will be under the heading of Research.
The UHMS also needs to raise funds to address the increasing regulatory needs under the heading of Public Policy.