HIMSS EHR Association

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association is a trade association of Electronic Health Record (EHR) companies, addressing national efforts to create interoperable EHRs in hospital and ambulatory care settings. The EHR Association operates on the premise that the rapid, widespread adoption of EHRs will help improve the quality of patient care as well as the productivity and sustainability of the healthcare system.

News and Resources

EHRA Responds to CMS’ RFI on new provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA): Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) (Chicago, November 2015)
The EHRA reiterates its belief that EHRs and other health information technologies are foundational to healthcare payment reform, specifically new payment models based on patient-centered outcomes, quality improvement, and reducing costs. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to help providers optimize the use of technology as they transition to APMs.

EHRA Provides Insights to ONC on Their Interoperability Standards Advisory (Chicago, November 2015)
In its response to the ONC Draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), the EHR Association expressed appreciation that the ISA expresses standards and interoperability specifications in the context of clearly-defined use cases and interoperability needs. However, the EHRA sees the need for further clarification and specificity to better evaluate the appropriateness of some proposed standards or implementation specifications, particularly as some might need to be split into more discrete descriptions of the market and user needs.

EHR Association Comments on ONC's Proposed Patient Safety Collaboratory (Chicago, October 2015)
The EHRA provided extensive comments to ONC on its proposed Patient Safety Collaboratory, agreeing with the emphasis on culture, rather than prescriptive solutions to the complex questions around health IT and patient safety. We expressed our support for the report as well balanced across all stakeholders and issues, and aligning with EHRA positions that there are shared responsibilities among all stakeholders and that an open dialog is essential to a learning healthcare system.

EHR Association Responds to ONC’s Report on Information Blocking (October 2015)
In April, 2015, ONC issued the “Report on Health Information Blocking” in response to a request from Congress to report on the extent of health information blocking and propose a comprehensive strategy to address it. In its response, the EHRA notes the consideration with which ONC identified the potential and real challenges, as well as ideas to minimize information blocking, and looks forward to working with ONC and other stakeholders to establish an environment where the right data can flow to the right party at the right time, using a minimum set of agreed upon standards that are always available, while allowing space for innovation to further improve on how data best can be shared across all stakeholders.

EHR Association Comments on the PFS NPRM (Chicago, September 2015)
EHRA has responded to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), CY 2016 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B, reiterating their position that EHRs and other health information technologies are foundational to healthcare payment reform, including new payment models based on outcomes and quality. Details of those comments are available here.

EHR Association Publishes Interoperability FAQs (Chicago, August 2015)
EHRA is making their Interoperability Frequently Asked Questions available to help all stakeholders understand the basic tenets of this complex topic. The Association is encouraging its members and others to use it as an educational tool to move this important work forward. 

EHRA Sponsors Provider Exec Panel on Interoperability (Washington DC, July 2015)
Congressional staff meeting packet here.