In an effort to beef up Health Information Exchanges (HIE) use among medical practices, the Physicians Foundation has introduced an interoperability fund, named The Physicians Foundation Interoperability Fund, across 6 U.S. states. The interoperability fund is designed to assist medical practices to effectively utilize HIEs to engage in health data exchange with other care providers and healthcare centers. The foundation is working together with 6 state medical societies, which include the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, Louisiana State Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Society, the Medical Society of New Jersey, and the South Carolina Medical Association.
According to the reports, the fund is introduced with $500k in funding and the participating state medical associations will work together on an innovative, physician-led program that will considerably improve the sharing of clinical data and speed up the advancements in patient care. It also supports physicians to work in the newly emerging healthcare ecosystem. The foundation’s new program utilizes the vast potential represented by true EHR interoperability to advance quality and generate value for medical practices. In providing critical, timely clinical data, the program supports the physician-patient relationship that fosters quality health care, recognition of health disproportions, health care transparency and healthcare access.
President of The Physicians Foundation, Gary Price said that “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.” He further noted that “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.”