Statement on Interoperability Roadmap
President and CEO
American Hospital Association
October 7, 2015
America’s hospitals strongly support the creation of an efficient and effective infrastructure for health information exchange that supports the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care across health care settings. Our members are actively engaged in building their IT systems and view information exchange as vital to patient care and engagement, as well as to successful implementation of new models of care.
We appreciate the Administration’s recognition of health information exchange as a cornerstone of the health care system of the future, as outlined in the final interoperability roadmap. Progress will take combined efforts from all stakeholders, including vendors and providers. We look forward to working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a policy environment that supports these efforts and accelerates the transition to the health care system of the future.
Given the hospital field’s recent large investments in deploying IT systems, we urge HHS to focus first and foremost on efficient ways to share the data currently being collected to build a foundation for the future.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
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