A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association sent a letter on Wednesday to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., arguing that the Meaningful Use electronic health record certification program is not working.

“Among physicians there are documented challenges and growing frustration with the way EHRs are performing,” states the nine-page letter to DeSalvo. “Many physicians find these systems cumbersome, do not meet their workflow needs, decrease efficiency, and have limited, if any, interoperability. Most importantly, certified EHR technology can present safety concerns for patients. We believe there is an urgent need to change the current certification program to better align end-to-end testing to focus on EHR usability, interoperability, and safety.”

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