Along with resolutions that call for bans on health clinics in retail settings and call for limits on high-fructose corn syrup and decibel levels for in-ear headphones, several information technology items are also on the agenda for the American Medical Association's House of Delegates meeting being held June 23-27 in Chicago.
These include resolutions opposing any government or private-payer mandates that require the use of electronic medical records to qualify for medical-care reimbursement or pay-for-performance programsor any penalties for not using them. Another resolution calls for modifying the AMA's Physician Data Restriction Program. The modifications would allow doctors to continue to keep their prescribing records off-limits for drug-marketing purposes, but would allow their records to be data-mined for public health, research, education or regulatory purposes.
Delegates will also review a report which states that physicians are responsible for creating and maintaining EMRs and contains a recommendation that patients not be able to delete information from an EMR.
An educational program entitled "Health Information Technology: Is It Help or Hype?" is scheduled for Monday morning. Presented by the AMA Specialty and Service Society, the symposium is designed to "provide physicians with a better understanding of HIT and an overview of governmental and private initiatives."