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Providers Ask HHS to Address EHR Interoperability Barriers
HealthLeaders Media

Systemic snags and glitches around the interoperability of electronic health records are frustrating providers and doing little if anything to improve patient care or reduce costs, a group of provider organizations and large health systems says.

In a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, several provider groups and professional associations, including the American Medical Association, reaffirmed their support for meaningful use of EHR. However, the groups complained that stubborn proprietary barriers, the complexity of the requirements, and an accelerated timetable put forward by HHS have made it difficult to realize interoperability.