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AMA, Panel Propose Solutions to Top EHR Challenges

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Doctor holding a tablet computerEarlier this week—via an article in its weekly, electronic newsletter—the American Medical Association (AMA) outlined eight, major challenges and solutions for making electronic health records (EHRs) useable, which were developed by the AMA and an external advisory committee.

As conveyed by Joseph Conn, a reporter for Modern Healthcare, the initiative is part of a more extensive campaign to improve productivity, physician satisfaction, and patient care.

“Perhaps the most important thing the government can do to alleviate physician frustrations with EHRs is to amend its EHR incentive payment program so that providers won’t have to achieve every meaningful-use criteria to receive incentives or to avoid penalties,” said Steven Stack, MD, AMA’s president-elect—as reported by Conn—at a news conference Tuesday. “Making the thresholds more reasonable would be a more effective way to address the forward momentum.”

Read on for a brief outline of the solutions proposed by the AMA and panel of experts. (Further details can be found in the AMA Wire’s September 16, 2014, edition.)

  1. Enhance physicians’ ability to provide high-quality patient care.
  2. Support team-based care.
  3. Promote care coordination.
  4. Offer product modularity and configurability.
  5. Reduce cognitive workload.
  6. Promote interoperability and data exchange.
  7. Facilitate digital patient engagement.
  8. Expedite user input into product design and post-implementation feedback.

About the author


Bobbi Harrison

Bobbi Harrison is the communications manager at Weatherby Healthcare. She is the former editor of LocumLife and Healthcare Traveler magazines, and also served as the managing editor of Healthcare Staffing and Management Solutions. A recipient of the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ prestigious gold award, she has more than a decade of publishing experience in the staffing industry.

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