Health Information Management

Seventeen developers adopt EHR Code of Conduct

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 24, 2014

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by Jaclyn Fitzgerald, Editor

The EHR Association recent recognized 17 health IT companies for adopting the EHR Code of Conduct, which demonstrates that a company is committed to collaborating with industry partners, according to a press release.
The 17 EHR developers are Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Epic, Foothold Technology, GE Health Care, Greenway Medical, MacPractice, MEDHOST, MEDITECH, Modernizing Medicine, NextGen, Practice Fusion, Siemens, SRSsoft, and Versasuite.
The EHR Association is an organization for EHR developers that operates under the belief that EHRs will improve quality of care and enable healthcare transformation. The EHR Code of Conduct is intended to compliment government EHR initiatives.
The general principle of the EHR Code of Conduct states that companies agreeing to the code will accurately communicate about the functionality of their products and services. Companies that adopt the code must also:
  • Be committed to product design, development, and deployment in support of patient safety
  • Participate in one or more patient safety organizations
  • Share best practices with customers to ensure safe deployment, implementation, maintenance, and use
  • Notify customers of software issues that may affect patient safety and offer solutions
  • Recognize the value of customer feedback with regard to patient safety
  • Enable customers to exchange clinical information with other parties
  • Use available, recognized, and nationally uniform standards when developing interfaces
  • Facilitate the export of patient data if a customer switches EHRs
  • Support the customers’ needs to efficiently and accurately document care provided
  • Provide customers with information about their products’ approaches to clinical documentation, coding, and quality measurement
  • Develop and implement software, services, and business practices that protect patient privacy and secure PHI
  • Develop business practices that support enhanced engagement of patients and families in healthcare and support patient-centered healthcare


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