AMA President Dr. David Barbe: 'We are fighting to prevent IT vendors from blocking information'

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David O. Barbe, MD, president of the American Medical Association, touched on the trade organization's health IT priorities during his Nov. 11 address at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Honolulu.

"We are fighting to prevent IT vendors from blocking information or making it expensive for physicians to share data, and we are making progress," Dr. Barbe said.

The emphasis on reducing information blocking by health IT vendors is part of the AMA's effort to fight physician burnout, which Dr. Barbe listed as one of the organization's top concerns. The AMA adopted policy measures in June to fight physician burnout, such as encouraging research into how to identify risk factors of depression.

"We are fighting physician burnout and the time crunch by working to improve EHRs, mobile devices and interoperability, and again, those efforts are showing signs of success," he said. "Our work to improve physician satisfaction by reducing these headaches and making the practice environment more satisfying is at the heart of the AMA's shared strategic vision."

To access Dr. Barbe's address, click here.

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