On Thursday, physician leaders working in community healthcare informatics will get the first of four shots at reviewing the draft of a standardized format for a national electronic health record in a series of conference calls.
The draft was developed by the EHR special interest group Health Level 7, a not-for-profit organization that sets healthcare technical standards. A draft of the EHR model is available for review at www.HL7.org/EHR.
Four conference calls have been scheduled this month and in February by the EHR Collaborative, a consortium of healthcare information technology organizations promoting adoption of electronic health records.
Additional conference calls are scheduled on Jan. 13 for comment from hospital leaders, Jan. 14 for ambulatory care and Jan. 16 for nursing homes. All begin at 2 p.m. EST.
To register for a call, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the words "EHR Audio Seminars" in the subject line. Be sure to include the requested audio session, date and care setting listed in the body of the e-mail.
For more information about the sessions, go to www.ahima.org.
The EHR Collaborative also will hold four feedback sessions Feb. 23-26 with key industry groups at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society annual conference in Orlando, Fla., before submitting the draft to a vote of HL7 members.
Collaborative members include the American Health Information Management Association, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Informatics Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the eHealth Initiative, HIMSS and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology.
Last summer, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson asked HL7 to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Institute of Medicine to develop the EHR standard. A first draft of the standard was defeated on its initial ballot in September.