The American Academy of Family Physicians Center for Health Information Technology is refocusing its efforts on supporting optimization of electronic health record use.

Now that health IT adoption has reached a critical mass, the center will shift its primary focus toward how to use technology to achieve efficiency and efficacy through work flow, clinical processes and data.

“The initial establishment of the center signaled the importance of the need to move from paper-based to computerized information systems in the family physicians office,” said Douglas E. Henley, M.D., AAFP executive vice president. “We’ve seen real progress with adoption of EHR technology--in 2014, 80 percent of our members are using an EHR. Now it’s time to focus more heavily on optimal use of that technology.”

The organization will focus on four areas:

* Discovery--Identifying best practices among members who have found high job satisfaction and high care quality.

* Deployment--Sharing those best practices throughout AAFP membership and the primary care community.

* Development --Working with industry partners to fill gaps in current information technology products and developing new innovative offerings.

* Data--Provide analytics to demonstrate and improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of family medicine.

As part of this refocusing effort, the Center for Health Information Technology will undergo a name change and will now be called the Alliance for eHealth Innovation.

Based at the AAFP’s headquarters in Leawood, Kan., the Alliance for eHealth Innovation will represent a cooperative effort to align with innovative AAFP member physicians and industry leaders to improve work flows and address gaps in needed functionality for members.

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