Interoperability fund seeks to improve HIE in six states

The Physicians Foundation is looking to provide grants totaling $500,000 to help medical practices share clinical data with other providers via health information exchanges.

Working with six state medical societies, the nonprofit organization has announced the creation of an interoperability fund—which it contends is the first of its kind—to provide financial resources to physicians in participating states with electronic health record systems.

“Our national survey of physicians tells us EHRs are the least satisfying part of physicians’ jobs, and oftentimes, a leading factor in burnout among America’s physicians,” said Physicians Foundation President Gary Price, MD. “The Physicians Foundation is proud to lead an initiative that will help alleviate unnecessary burdens on both physicians and patients. Through improved information sharing, The Physicians Foundation Interoperability Fund will further enable physicians to be their patients’ strongest advocate and partner in decision-making for their care.”

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Participating medical societies include the Connecticut State Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, Louisiana State Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey and the South Carolina Medical Association.

“The six state medical associations will collaborate on an innovative, physician-led program that will dramatically improve the sharing of clinical data and drive improvements in patient care, while supporting physician independence in the newly emerging healthcare environment,” states the announcement. “Sharing timely clinical patient information among physicians and hospitals with disparate EHRs relies upon a connection to an HIE. Through The Physicians Foundation Interoperability Fund, HIE participants can access patient data regardless of where the patient received care.”

The Physicians Foundation has awarded numerous multi-year grants totaling more than $50 million since 2005. Doctors who need additional information about the interoperability fund should contact Andrea Fetchko at pfmedia@jpa.com.

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