AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud Brailer for Work to Establish Connected Health I.T. System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Sunday, April 24, 2005

Douglas E. Henley, M.D.
Executive Vice President
American Academy of Family Physicians
Commissioner, American Health Information Community

“The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) applauds David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., for all the outstanding work he has done in his role as the national health information technology coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services. We congratulate him for making substantial progress towards an interoperable health information technology system that will provide substantial improvements in safety and efficiency.

"We commend Dr. Brailer’s leadership and contribution in raising the awareness of the importance of information technology and electronic health records in improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of health care for patients. Through his leadership, much groundwork has been laid in the development and adoption of standards for interoperability, one of the AAFP’s guiding principles.

“Brailer’s efforts have led to the adoption of health care information technology by physicians, hospitals and other health care providers and have encouraged the formation and growth of more than 200 community, regional and state organizations across the country, each working towards the goal of a safe and interoperable system.

“Brailer has been instrumental in instituting the many changes now rapidly occurring at both the national and local levels, within both the private and public sectors. Again, we applaud and thank him for all of his hard work.”

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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