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AMA Updates PHR Policies

At its annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) amended its current policy regarding Personal Health Records to address concerns about the use of patient supplied data in a PHR:

  • “If the patient is allowed to make annotations to his or her EMR …. the annotation should be indicated as authored by the patient with sourcing information …. A permanent record of all allowed annotations and communications relevant to the ongoing medical care of the patient should be maintained as part of the patient’s record.”
  • “Physicians retain the right to determine which information they do and/or do not import from a PHR into their EHR/EMR and to set parameters based on the clinical relevance of data contained within personal health records.”
  • “Any data imported into a physician’s EMR/EHR from a patient’s personal health record (PHR) must preserve the source information of the original data and be further identified as to the PHR from which it was imported as additional source information to preserve an accurate audit trail.”

In addition, the AMA adopted a new policy to address the physician’s use of information contained in a PHR.  Specifically, this policy includes the following elements:

  • “To the extent that the physician chooses to review a PHR, the physician retains the right to exercise professional judgment in determining the clinical relevance of information contained within a PHR.
  • “The physician is responsible only for the use of PHR data that the physician has actively chosen to incorporate into the patient-physician relationship; conversely, the physician bears no responsibility for PHR data that the physician has not actively and specifically incorporated into the patient’s active medical care.”
  • “All data contained within a PHR must have accurate and verifiable attributions as to the originating source of the data.”

According to an article posted June 18th on ModernHealthcare.com, the delegates decided that “it was too early to call on Congress to pass legislation regulating still-evolving and little-used personal health records.”

The CMA has been quite active in promoting various technologies to digitize healthcare including, not surprisingly, EMRs.  It will be interested to see if they follow their American cousins and approve resolutions related to PHR use.

Mike

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CMA support for eHealth

I was having a look at the various resolutions passed at the CMA annual General Council meeting held earlier this month and discovered that there were a number of eHealth related resolutions:

  • The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations urge the federal government to immediately transfer to Canada Health Infoway the $500-million investment announced in the February 2009 Economic Action Plan in order to accelerate the adoption of electronic medical records in physician offices by 2011. (SS 7-28a)
  • The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations will work with governments to accelerate the introduction of e-prescribing in Canada to make it the main method of prescribing by 2012. (SS 7-31)
  • The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations urge governments to ensure that the $500-million investment in Canada Health Infoway announced in the February 2009 Economic Action Plan be available for up to two years following the transfer of the funding. (SS 7-29a)
  • The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations will work with governments to create, by Dec. 31, 2010, basic interoperability standards that will ensure secure, reliable, effective and rapid transmission of data across point-of-care information technology systems. (SS 7-30)
  • The Canadian Medical Association will work with provincial/territorial medical associations to demand that governments recognize that the flow of information from the patient record to the electronic health records is the professional responsibility of physicians. (SS 7-36a)

Mike