AMA report: Standardizing EMRs would 'stifle innovation'

The topics of usability of electronic medical records (EMRs)--and their ability to "effectively integrate" with clinical decision-making and work flow--will be on the agenda when the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates meets next month in Chicago. The focus, contained in a trustees report, will be on how these issues have not been adequately addressed so far. The trustees' report specifically addresses a 2009 resolution that called for the AMA to promote the development and universal adoption of a "standardized user interface" for all EMR systems, and to advocate for a federal mandate for interoperability of EMRs as part of its healthcare reform agenda. "At this time, any attempts to standardize products would stifle product innovation," the report's authors wrote. --Read the full article at FierceEMR

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