Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
Consider telehealth in the conversation to enhance services and minimize errors
Electronic health records (EHRs) provide an important resource for providers using telemedicine. ATA will focus on:
- Federal efforts to enhance interoperability and health information exchange: The primary public purpose of EHRs should be the nationwide exchange of health information. Health information exchanges (HIEs) should compile data from multiple EHRs to develop a longitudinal record for patients with high priority health conditions. EHRs and HIEs should be a means to improve patient access to needed health care, reduce disparities and more efficiently use scarce specialist resources. Unique patient and provider identifiers are necessary components for seamless health information exchange.
- Broader application of EHRs/HIEs and other data reporting: Federal “meaningful use” standards should apply to all federal health care programs. Higher EHR/HIE standards and performance reporting should be expected for government program innovations. Patient encounter data needs to reduce professional-related administrative burdens of licensure, credentialing and privileging as well as to augment the National Practitioner Data Bank.