Leading vendors launch EHR association
CHICAGO To accelerate the widespread adoption of the
electronic health record (EHR), leading U.S. healthcare industry EHR
vendors have banded together to launch the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association.
The new association will address national efforts to create
interoperable EHRs and advance adoption, primarily in the hospital and
ambulatory care settings.
The association has partnered with the Healthcare Information and
Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and will operate as an organizational
unit within HIMSS for vendors that are EHR software solution providers.
The creation of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association will work to further
initiatives laid out by David J. Brailer, MD, PhD, National Coordinator
for Health Information Technology, in the Health IT Strategic Framework,
which was released July 2004.
The Framework calls for private sector initiatives to result in more
cost-effective EHR adoption, less risk-adverse buyers, and a
faster-growing and more attractive market for investments in health
The new EHR vendor association will also help HIMSS establish its
strategic direction and official positions on issues related to the EHR
as well as provide input and feedback to the certification process
established by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information
The adoption of the electronic health record demands collective
involvement and expertise from private-sector companies that develop the
software products clinicians will use in private practice or other
healthcare settings, said H. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS president and CEO.
One of the benefits of the HIMSS EHR Vendor Association is that it
opens the communication process so that our members can work together to
identify issues related to software development and functionality for
The association will help HIMSS establish its strategic direction and
official positions on issues related to the EHR. The HIMSS EHR Vendor
Association held its inaugural organizational meeting on Nov. 3-4, 2004.
Founding members of the EHR Vendor Association are:
A4 Health Systems (www.a4healthsystems.com)
Allscripts Healthcare Systems (www.allscripts.com)
Cerner Corporation (www.cerner.com)
Companion Technologies (www.companiontechnologies.com)
Eclipsys Corporation (www.eclipsnet.com)
Epic Systems Corporation (www.epicsystems.com)
GE Healthcare (www.gehealthcare.com)
Greenway Medical > Technologies (www.greenwaymedical.com)
IDX Systems Corporation (www.idx.com)
iMedica Corporation (www.imedica.com)
McKesson Provider Technologies (www.mckesson.com)
Misys Healthcare Systems (www.misyshealthcare.com)
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc. (www.nextgen.com)
Physician Micro Systems, Inc. (www.pmsi.com)
Siemens Medical Solutions (www.siemensmedical.com)
WebMD Practice Services (www.webmdps.com)
We have a historic opportunity to dramatically improve the delivery of
healthcare in this country. EHR technology has proven its ability to
make healthcare safer, more efficient, and more convenient for patients
as well as providers, said Charlene Underwood, Siemens Medical
Solutions, recently elected chair. As EHR vendors, we have a
responsibility to our customers to shape the future of interoperability
for effective and secure sharing of patient data, and to the nation to
promote the widespread adoption of this life-saving technology.
Membership is open to legally formed companies that design, develop and
market their own commercially available EHR software application with
installations in the U.S. Anyone interested in more information can
contact Pat Wise, HIMSS director of EHR initiatives, at
HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the
healthcare industrys membership organization exclusively focused on
providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information
technology and management systems for the betterment of human health.
Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other
locations across the country, HIMSS represents more than 14,000
individual members and some 220 member corporations that employ more
than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy
and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and
professional development initiatives to promote information and
management systems contributions to ensuring quality patient care.
Visit www.himss.org for more