FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON – America’s Essential Hospitals shares the administration’s goal of giving consumers and providers secure, effective, and efficient access to electronic health information to improve care and health care outcomes.
The administration’s interoperability road map moves us closer to the promise of the electronic health record (EHR). We agree with its three core commitments and will review the draft standards closely.
Essential hospitals care for low-income and other vulnerable patients, who often face social and economic roadblocks to health care access and information: poverty, homelessness, language barriers, and low health literacy, for example. It will be important to consider their needs and challenges to their care as we work toward an EHR that improves health care for all people.
We look forward to working with policymakers as they engage hospitals and other stakeholders in the process to create standards for interoperable electronic health records.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our more than 250 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care.