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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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AMA among founding members of national health information exchange

AMA among founding members of national health information exchange

Clinical information exchange in the United States is getting a boost as nine founding members are taking their place in an important national public-private partnership.

Healtheway, a partnership that operationally supports the national health information exchange now known as the eHealth Exchange, last month announced nine influential groups as its founding members. The list includes such organizations as the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, Kaiser Permanente, Epic and the AMA.

"As a founding member of Healtheway, we look forward to working with other stakeholders as we pursue electronic health information exchange that will help physicians coordinate care and improve patient health outcomes," said Steven J. Stack, MD, immediate-past chair of the AMA Board of Trustees.

Care coordination is key to achieving the nation's triple aim of improved patient care, stronger health outcomes and reduced costs, Dr. Stack said.

And the success of care coordination "depends on clinical information exchange," he said. "The AMA has long advocated for cost-effective, secure and physician-friendly solutions."

The AMA's participation in the Healtheway partnership will ensure the physician perspective is at the table as the eHealth Exchange expands its reach and scope.

"The founding members each come at health information exchange from a different perspective, and it's that unique perspective we will rely on," Healtheway Board Chair Michael Matthews said in a news release. "We must continue building an exchange that can meet the needs of organizations large and small in a wide variety of clinical and technical environments."

Healtheway is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that was created in 2012 and originated from work by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to foster a nationwide health information network. A rapidly growing community of public and private organizations, representing thousands of physicians and other health care providers and millions of patients, now routinely shares information via that network.