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 ONC's Standards Advisory Proposal (May 2015)
The EHR Association submitted its comments to ONC's Standards Advisory Proposals, noting that while they generally agree with most of ONC's choices in evaluating the "best available" standards, the intended use of the Interoperability Standard Advisory needs to be further refined to avoid misinterpretations, especially in relation to regulation and the Interoperability Roadmap.

EHRA Responds to ONC's 10 Year Interoperability Roadmap (April 2015)
Representing nearly 40 member companies which serve the majority of hospitals and ambulatory care settings using electronic health records (EHRs) to provide safer, more effective care to their patients, EHRA has submitted its comments on the ONC Interoperability Roadmap. While applauding the general collaborative approach that ONC has taken, EHRA also emphasizes that development and execution of such a roadmap requires trust among stakeholder groups, and a collaborative spirit between the stakeholders and the federal government, without a federally-dominated process and also without prescriptive requirements. To this end, the Association recommends that ONC and other federal agencies should be active partners with the private sector in governance across the various domains, such as standards development, testing, and other areas.

EHRA Creates New Workgroup to Focus on Healthcare Delivery System Reform (February 2015)
The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) announced today that it has established a new Healthcare Delivery System Reform Workgroup to accelerate the ability of companies that develop EHRs to contribute to the effort to transform the US healthcare system. The Workgroup will be a source of information and education for EHRA members, providing a forum for discussion, as well as a vehicle for monitoring and providing input to congressional and regulatory initiatives.

EHRA Responds to the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (February 2015)
In its response to the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the EHR Association emphasizes that a critical role for ONC is to ensure that the Strategic Plan is synchronized with the recently released Interoperability Roadmap, and encourages ONC and the other government agencies involved in health IT to identify existing metrics that can measure the progress of the Plan.

EHRA Underscores Its Support of Federal Government Focus on Interoperability (December 2014)
The EHR Association (EHRA) today reiterated its position that the federal government’s heightened focus on interoperability is appropriate, and that more measurement and evaluation in this critical area can ensure forward movement in the industry. The Association has been and continues to be supportive of government efforts to fully understand and address challenges associated with data exchange. The members of the Association, in serving the health information technology needs of the vast majority of hospitals and medical practices in the country, already facilitate hundreds of thousands of information exchange transactions every month, and that number is rapidly increasing.

EHR Association Responds to the PCAST Report, Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective (October 2014)
In “Balancing the Need for Privacy and the Value of Big Data,” EHRA responds to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective, published in May 2014.
Representing its nearly 40 members, the Association stresses the importance to better address health information specific privacy issues as EHR adoption has accelerated to support data aggregation in various forms that may have the risk of compromising an individual’s privacy while providing potential benefits to society as a whole. The full EHRA response is available here.

EHR Association Responds to ONC's Request for Input on the 10-Year Interoperability Roadmap (September 2014)
Led by their Standards & Interoperability Workgroup, EHRA members offer their collective answers to the questions asked by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in establishing a practical roadmap for the next 10 years that substantially improves the level of end-to-end interoperability across providers and with patients and other stakeholders - for example, payers, secondary data users, agencies, registries, and researchers. EHRA proposes to build upon the solutions defined by Meaning Use Stage 2 to be nationally deployed starting in 2014 and more broadly in 2015.