AMIA presents 17 health IT policy recommendations on Capitol Hill

The American Medical Informatics Association held a Capitol Hill briefing on April 5, during which representatives shared 17 policy recommendations to improve health IT.

The recommendations focused on patient access to data, clinical interoperability and the capacity for health IT research to improve patient care. A few immediate action items included clarifying a patient's right to access their data under HIPAA and encouraging adoption of certified health IT products.

In tandem with the briefing, AMIA published a paper listing the policy recommendations in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and released a set of key policy action items.

"These recommendations are meant to help decision-makers understand that the idealized vision for our digitized healthcare system is within grasp," said lead author Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor. "Coordination — above all else — is how we take the health IT tools of today and achieve the promise of better patient care of tomorrow."

View the published paper and action items here.

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