“This will eliminate the need for duplicate data entry and custom reporting, reducing the burden on physicians,” Dr. Michael Barr, head of the ACP's division of medical practice, said in a release.
In turn, the registry will also provide physicians with a view of their performance compared against their peers, national standards, and benchmarks established by the ACP. It also gives them educational resources and social learning networks to help them improve the quality of patient care they're providing. And it's all free for the 137,000 internists, related subspecialists and medical students who are ACP members.
Eventually, Athenahealth and CECity plan to open up the system to other specialties by connecting other registries. Other EHR vendors are also expected to be integrated so that their data can be reported through the service.
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