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Two years ago, the American Medical Association (AMA) created a committee to provide recommendations on how to improve the usability of electronic health records (EHR). Their list outlined eight areas where improvements were needed to stop the disruption that resulted from the Meaningful Use EHR requirement.
EHR Improvements After the AMA Hateful 8 List
Ever since the 2009 Meaningful Use (MU) mandate of electronic health records, the AMA has continued
to give the CMS feedback on the challenges the MU program poses for physicians.
In 2013, a study by the RAND Corporation reported the extent of unhappiness with EHRs. While few (18%) wanted to return to the old, paperbased systems, many complained about EHR usability and the negative
effects on their productivity.
A year later, the AMA created an external advisory committee–the AMA Advisory Committee on EHR Physician Usability.
The physicians and healthcare information technology (IT) experts on the committee listened to the complaints and feedback from their members, and in late 2014, published their list of priorities for improving EHRs.
The AMA has consistently maintained that the cost of implementing electronic medical records (EMR) systems shouldn’t be at the expense of patient care. The 8-item list they created was a reflection of the areas where EHRs needed to improve.
Let’s call it the “Hateful 8.”