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AMA, MMS to Host Virtual Town Hall to Discuss Physician Discontent with EHRs

In response to widespread physician discontent with electronic health records (EHRs) that lack usability and interoperability as necessary features, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) announced they will hold a virtual town hall meeting to give physicians and others a chance to discuss concerns with poorly designed EHRs and the impact these systems have on patient care.

The U.S. government has spent $25 billion under the Meaningful Use program to promote a digital health infrastructure based on the power of EHRs to enhance patient care, improve productivity, and reduce costs. And while more than 80% of physicians have adopted this technology, many physicians strongly believe the current course of Meaningful Use regulations threatens to turn the promise of EHRs into a pipe-dream.

Stringent government rules require EHR systems to serve too many functions and have twisted the technology so it interferes with face-to-face discussions with patients, struggles to share important healthcare information between different systems, and diverts resources away from patient care.

During the live event, the AMA will also discuss its ongoing initiatives to reframe federal regulations and encourage better designed EHRs that emphasize high-quality patient care as the primary focus.

Physicians and others who are not able to participate in this event can still make their voice heard on this critical issue. Visit to share thoughts and experiences about EHR problems and solutions.

WHEN: Sept. 29, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. (ET). This event will also be streamed online starting at 7 p.m. (ET)

WHERE: Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

WHO: Henry Dorkin, M.D., vice-president, Massachusetts Medical Society
Kenneth D. Mandl, M.D., M.P.H., Boston's Children's Hospital and SMART Pioneer
Steven J. Stack, M.D., president, American Medical Association
Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., board member, American Medical Association

REGISTER: To attend in person, or view an online simulcast, please visit our registration site

CONTACTS: Robert J. Mills, American Medical Association, (312) 464-5970 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rick Gulla, Massachusetts Medical Society, (781) 434-7101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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