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The EHR Developer Code of Conduct, launched in June 2013, was created by the EHR Association
(EHRA), in collaboration with a variety of stakeholder organizations representing physicians (including
ACP), hospitals, information technology executives, consumers, and the government. ACP and EHRA,
along with other collaborators, recognize the importance of a transparent set of industry principles that
reflect the continued commitment of EHR developers to safe healthcare delivery, continued innovation,
and high integrity in their relationships with providers.
The Code includes principles in several fundamental areas, including general business practices, patient
safety, interoperability and data portability, clinical and billing documentation, privacy and security, and
patient engagement. The specific tenets of each of these principles can be found at
Companies that have adopted the Code (as of December 2015) include:
Adoption of the Code means that the company is committed to all of its principles, and has completed
or is in the process of implementation of the practices needed to apply these principles within the
company. These practices could include executive leadership involvement, educating staff about their
obligations under the Code of Conduct, setting up procedures to monitor business operations, and
communication to their stakeholders of their activities related to the Code of Conduct.
Recognizing that companies have different business models and practices, the Code is adopted at the
discretion of each organization which is then responsible for determining their specific application of the
Code consistent with the spirit of the Code’s principles. Any company that develops EHRs, regardless of
membership in EHRA, should consider adopting the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. ACP encourages
its members to ask your EHR business partners to consider adopting the EHR Developer Code of
More information on EHRA is available
at www.ehra.org. Contact Angie Gorden, EHRA Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions or comments you might have.