AAFP leader takes aim at 'information blocking'

Information blocking, an "underappreciated" problem that has come to the forefront in recent months, was the target of recent criticism from the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Echoing a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., pointed to vendors' role in limiting provider access to data. "Physicians' first priority is patient care. They've taken an oath to do no harm," Wergin wrote in a blog post for The Hill. "But the current electronic health record environment puts patients at risk because vital health information may not be available at the point of care when health information technology systems fail to communicate with one another." >> Read the full article from FierceEMR.