Websites of Interest for EHR Association

The EHR Association is broadly engaged with a variety of stakeholders and organizations to address topics and initiatives of common interest. Below are some related web sites that may be useful to our member companies.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and supports research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of healthcare, reduce its costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective services.

Bipartisan Policy Center
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - EHR Incentive Programs
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs has responsibility for administering incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

Certified HIT Product List
The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Each Complete EHR and EHR Module listed below has been certified by an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) and reported to ONC. Only the product versions that are included on the CHPL are certified under the ONC Temporary Certification Program.

eCQI Resource Center
The eCQI Resource Center is a central source of information on federal electronic clinical quality improvement initiatives, including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and the tools used to support their development, testing, and reporting. It was developed in response to requests from stakeholders for a “one-stop-shop” with the latest federal eCQI resources, information, standards, and tools.

HealthIT.gov
HealthIT.gov is the leading national resource on health information technology (health IT) for both consumers and health care professionals.

HIMSS
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)is the federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards.

National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum (NQF)promotes change through development and implementation of a national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and reporting.

Office of the National Coordinator
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) not only coordinates a variety of programs to implement HITECH but also supports the efforts of several related initiatives to facilitate nationwide adoption of health IT. Through working with these initiatives, ONC is able to reach diverse stakeholder groups that are imperative to the success of the HITECH Act.

I have only ever practiced in an automated medical environment. I never missed a patient record in 20 years, it was always there because it was an electronic record system. It reminded me when I did something wrong, checked for drug interactions, and I don't know what it's like to practice without that so I have seen the future.

-Don Berwick, MD, former Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services