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Innovations in health information technology and digital health—such as telemedicine and artificial intelligence —are transforming the health care landscape.  These technologies will have a major impact on the practice of medicine, health system operations, and interactions with patients.

The AAMC shares the latest policy developments in digital health, identifies skills and tools for adapting to digital health innovations, convenes thought leaders to recommend common data standards, and provides learning opportunities for our members’ professional growth.

The Latest News

Overview of the Final Interoperability and Information Blocking Rules

Following the enforcement discretion announcements related to the release of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program final rule and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, AAMC speakers Gayle Lee, JD, Director, Physician Payment & Quality and Phoebe Ramsey, JD, Senior Regulatory Analyst, Quality & Payment Policy presented the key provisions of these regulations, requirements for providers and health systems, and updated implementation timelines.
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Policy Communications and Insights

Use of the Health Level Seven International (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) for Capturing and Sharing Clinical Data for Research Purposes 
The AAMC submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to a Request for Information (RFI) about the Use of the Health Level Seven International (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) for Capturing and Sharing Clinical Data for Research Purposes.

Action on Interoperability of Medical Devices, Data, and Platforms to Enhance Patient Care 
The AAMC submitted comments to the National Science Foundation in response to a Request for Information (RFI) about approaches to solving interoperability issues between medical devices, data, and platforms.

Sharing Data, Saving Lives: The Hospital Agenda for Interoperability 
This publication outlines the current challenges related to health information technology (health IT), provides examples of ways that health systems are effectively sharing data, and identifies priorities that stakeholders must address to improve interoperability moving forward.

Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs 
This report, a joint effort between the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, addresses strategies to reduce clinician burden and meet the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act. The AAMC submitted comments about the draft strategy of this report during the public comment period.

Reducing the Stress Associated with Electronic Health Records
This AAMCNews article identifies why electronic health records (EHRs) are a leading contributor to physician burnout and identifies potential solutions for alleviating the burden of EHRs.

Webinars

Combining Technology, Scientific Research, and Data – NIH’s Encouragement of the FHIR Standard for Research

The AAMC and the American Medical Informatics Association hosted a webinar about the National Institutes of Health’s decision to promote the use of FHIR-compatible data formats to help accelerate the interoperability of data and its use for clinical research purposes. The webinar featured presentations by Clem J. McDonald, MD, Chief Health Data Standards Officer, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and Teresa Zayas-Cabán, PhD, Chief Scientist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and was moderated by W. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director, Duke Center for Health Informatics, Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
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Using Clinical Decision Support to Move Evidence into Practice: A Discussion with AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) oversees initiatives to improve the quality of care through clinical decision support (CDS). In this webinar, Dr. Edwin Lomotan, Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Informatics for the Health IT Division in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at AHRQ described how the CDS Connect Repository is advancing evidence-based care into practice, presented findings from the project’s first use cases, identified CDS-related funding opportunities available through AHRQ, and highlighted ways stakeholders can contribute to CDS Connect.
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