The EHR Collaborative, a consortium of healthcare information technology organizations promoting adoption of electronic health records, has scheduled a series of public conference calls and meetings early next year to help vet and improve a draft national EHR standard, the group says.
The input-gathering sessions are intended to create a workable standard on behalf of healthcare standards-setting body Health Level Seven in time for a second round of balloting to begin in February and run until early April, according to Theresa Reynolds, spokesperson for the Chicago-based American Health Information Management, an EHR Collaborative member. HL7 members voted down an initial proposal in September.
"These meetings are meant to refine the proposal," Reynolds says.
EHR Collaborative representatives will present an overview of the current draft of a national, voluntary standard for the format of electronic medical records in an audio briefing on Jan. 5, the group says. They will repeat the session the following day.
On Jan. 8, the collaborative will hold a conference call to gather public feedback on aspects of the proposal involving care in the community. A Jan. 13 session will focus on hospitals.
Ambulatory care is on the agenda of a planned Jan. 14 call, while participants will discuss EMR standards in nursing homes in a Jan. 16 conference call, the organization says.
All telephone sessions will begin at 2 p.m. EST.
The EHR Collaborative also will collect public input during four in-person meetings at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference, Feb. 23-26 in Orlando, Fla.
Those wishing to participate are asked to send an e-mail to [email protected] with "EHR Audio Seminars" in the subject line. The body of the message should contain the specific audio session, date and care setting they are interested in, the collaborative says.