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AMA Invites Members to Share their Voice in National EHR Survey

Date: October 11, 2012

CHICAGO - The American Medical Association (AMA) today invited member physicians to share their insights and opinions on the latest electronic health record (EHR) technology through a joint survey with AmericanEHR Partners - a leading physician resource offering access to unbiased ratings and information about EHR systems and vendors.

Electronic invitations to take part in the EHR survey were shared with patient care physicians from across the country. Findings from this member survey are intended to support physicians in the selection and use of EHRs and improve the value of this technology for both physicians and patients.

“Advances in EHR systems must accommodate a variety of physician practices if the technology is to meet its full potential to streamline workflow and help deliver better care to patients,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “Survey input from physicians will help guide the AMA and AmericanEHR Partners in our shared commitment to foster advances that help physicians use health IT to successfully improve health care delivery.”

The AMA joined AmericanEHR Partners last May, adding to a growing list of 20 supporting organizations including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Surgeons. AmericanEHR Partners offers a large and growing array of free, web-based interactive tools and educational material to assist medical practices in making critical decision regarding EHR products. In addition, the site provides guidance and educational content regarding the implementation and effective use of health IT.

Responses to the survey will be confidential and physician identities will not be used in the analysis or reporting of survey results. All respondents who complete the survey by November 8, 2012 will be entered into a random drawing for a new Apple iPad or one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

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About the American Medical Association (AMA)
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional, public health and health policy issues. The nation's largest physician organization plays a leading role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit www.ama-assn.org.

About AmericanEHR Partners
AmericanEHR Partners is a free online resource designed to aid the medical community with the selection, implementation, and effective use of health information technology and electronic health records. It does not endorse any electronic health record vendor. AmericanEHR Partners was founded by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies and is supported by 16 medical societies and five health IT organizations with a combined membership of more than 700,000 clinicians, representing over 65 percent of physicians in the U.S. For more information on AmericanEHR Partners, visit www.americanehr.com.

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Media Contact:

American Medical Association
Robert J. Mills
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-5970
robert.mills@ama-assn.org

Source: American Medical Association

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