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 CMS on Annual Wellness Visit Concerns - April 30, 2015(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to ONC on HIT Interoperability Roadmap - April 1, 2015(4 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to ONC on Appropriate Use Criteria - March 19, 2015(1 page PDF)
Joint Letter to ONC on EHR Certification - January 21, 2015(9 page PDF)
AAFP Response to ONC on Draft Federal HIT Strategic Plan - January 15, 2015(2 page PDF)
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