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Interactive sections of the website are constantly monitored to ensure relevance of discussion items.
Contributors to the Blog are asked to be constructive in their
postings. The objective of AmericanEHR Partners is to foster the sharing of information to advance the adoption of Electronic Health Records and related healthcare technology. If postings are felt to be inappropriate, they will be removed, and the individual who posted the offending comment may be blocked from future postings.
Community Features & Commenting
The following categories of users are entitled to post comments to the AmericanEHR Community Discussion Forums, Activity Feeds and other interactive areas:
- Verified physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners
- Verified representatives of participating EHR vendors
- Representatives of partner societies
Anonymous postings or the use of pseudonyms are not permitted in the AmericanEHR Community Discussion Forums, Activity Feeds and other interactive areas of the website. All verified users who make comments on the website or participate in discussions will be identified by salutation, first name, last name, organization/practice, society and/or specialty. Site members are publicly accountable for their personal conduct on AmericanEHR, and should refrain from using profanity, defamatory remarks, making threats, or from discussing any form of litigation. AmericanEHR Partners reserves the right to withhold publication or remove any postings that are felt to be inappropriate. The individual who posted the offending comment may be blocked from future postings.
following categories of users are entitled to post comments to
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or other clinical users of EHR systems
- Practice managers, clinic managers, or administrative staff who are users of EHR systems
- Policy makers
- Healthcare researchers
- Other individuals as approved by the executive editorial board
The following categories of users are not entitled to post comments to the
- Vendors of hardware or EMR software unless specifically invited to respond by AmericanEHR Partners
- Health IT consultants unless specifically invited to respond by AmericanEHR Partners
- Marketing agencies unless specifically invited to respond by AmericanEHR Partners
- Advertisers listing on the AmericanEHR Partner website
- Other entities as determined by the executive editorial board, based on potential or real conflicts of interest
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy
The purpose of a Conflict of Interest disclosure is to provide readers of published content with information about the author’s interests that have the potential to influence the content they create. A standard Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Policy will apply to individuals who are selected to author Blogs; individuals who participate in the AmericanEHR Podcasts as roundtable participants or interviewed guests; individuals who submit manuscripts or opinion pieces to be considered for publication on the AmericanEHR Partners website; and Peer Reviewed articles submitted for publication.
The following represents the types of relationships that the author or submitter is required to declare under the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy:
- Financial relationships with any entities that have a commercial interest related to the authored work including employment by the entity, payment for consulting services, honoraria, payment for preparation of the submitted work, board membership, advisory panel membership, or ownership of shares in the entity.
- Financial relationships involving the submitter’s spouse, partner, or children under the age of 18 years.
- Individuals may declare any other conflicts of interest including personal, professional, or institutional conflicts.
- If no conflicts of interest exist, individuals shall provide a “no-conflict” declaration
Special Considerations for Users of EHRs
It is clearly recognized that certain contributors/authors may be users of EHRs:
- As users, there may be a natural tendency to submit articles based upon their individual experiences with one or more EHR systems.
- Postings or content submitted by users of EHRs should be non-promotional in nature and should focus on principles of use rather than functionality related to their specific EHR.
- Articles or submissions that denigrate another vendor’s product or promote a specific vendor’s product or service shall not appear on the AmericanEHR Partners website.