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September 24, 2010

Letter addresses AAFP position on electronic health record adoption.

AAFP position on EHR adoption

With electronic health records (EHRs) receiving much attention as of late, including in the pages of Medical Economics, we would like to provide some additional information regarding the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP's) position on the adoption of EHRs.

AAFP's EHR policy says:
"...every family physician should use information technology that includes electronic health records with the ability to access and communicate needed clinical information to achieve high-quality, safe and affordable healthcare."

With all that's happening concerning EHR certification and meaningful use, we understand the many concerns and the hesitation that abound. We have been advocating for standards that do not hinder EHR adoption and have been helping to educate our members on the various functions of EHRs and how to assess their practice needs.

We also are aware of the trends offering components of IT that may provide functionality without purchasing a complete EHR system.

The goal is to move practices to integrate technology that will further care coordination, quality, and the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

LORI HEIM, MD
President, AAFPLeawood, Kansas