System inter-operability, the ability to share and utilize information between two or more information systems, is critical in today’s increasingly interconnected health care environment. Yet significant challenges continue to impede true information reciprocity across the spectrum of care.
The AAFP understands that removing these roadblocks and eliminating isolated data silos are essential steps toward improving care quality, safety, and efficiency. That’s why we support ongoing efforts aimed at creating and implementing technical standards for the secure, ubiquitous transfer of health data. We’ve also been engaged in the equally important task of developing process policies for how patient information is shared between providers, payers, and others.
The AAFP has:
The issue of inter-operability represents one of the most complex challenges facing the health care community as we pursue patient-centered health care reform. For that reason, the AAFP will continue working to bring vendors, providers, payers, and policymakers together behind a common vision of true inter-operability and connected care that benefits patients and their primary care physicians.
Joint Letter to HHS Expressing Concerns Over the MU Program - October 15, 2014(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to the FDA in Response to FDASIA Health IT Report - July 2, 2014(2 page PDF)
Letter to Rep. Thompson Regarding the Telehealth Draft - May 9, 2014(6 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to ONC in Response to Proposed 2015 EHR Certification Criteria - April 24, 2014(3 page PDF)
Coalition Letter to CEC on the Regulation of Medical Apps - April 16, 2014(8 page PDF)
Letter to ONC on Nationwide Health Information Network: Conditions for Trusted Exchange - June 28, 2012(5 page PDF)
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