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AmericanEHR Partners Welcomes AMA as Newest Member

American Medical Association joins American College of Physicians and 18 other societies to provide support for choosing electronic health records

May 16, 2012

(Washington) AmericanEHR Partners today welcomed the nation’s largest medical society, the American Medical Association (AMA), as its newest member. AmericanEHR Partners’ primary objective is to provide comprehensive and trustworthy information to support clinicians in the selection and use of electronic health records.

AMA also takes a seat on the AmericanEHR Partners’ Professional Society Advisory Group to provide input on education, collaborative initiatives and future development. The AMA joins the American College of Physicians (ACP) and 18 other organizations in supporting the program. The collaboration among the professional societies has been instrumental in the success of AmericanEHR as it has become a leading resource for physicians to access unbiased ratings and information about electronic health records systems and vendors.

“We are looking forward to AMA’s active participation and we anticipate significant growth in terms of content, insights and membership from this partnership,” said Dr. Alan Brookstone, CEO of Cientis Technologies and co-founder of AmericanEHR Partners. “The AMA plays a lead role as an advocate for the medical profession and the healthcare system as a whole.”

“For more than 160 years, AMA has promoted scientific advancement. It has improved public health and invested in the doctor and patient relationship,” said Michael A. Barr, senior vice president of ACP’s division of Medical Practice, Professionalism and Quality. “The AMA’s participation with AmericanEHR Partners will benefit the entire profession as we collectively try to enhance the health of individuals and populations through the appropriate use of health information technology.”

AMA Chief Medical Information Officer Michael Hodgkins, MD, MPH explained, “Our decision to partner with AmericanEHR was based on providing an opportunity for AMA members to exchange ideas, and share valuable insights on the latest EHR technology with colleagues, professional societies, and other stakeholders in a collaborative environment whose objective is improving the value of this technology for both physicians and patients.”

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About the American Medical Association (AMA)

The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional, public health and health policy issues. The nation's largest physician organization plays a leading role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit www.ama-assn.org.

About the American College of Physicians (ACP)

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 132,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

About AmericanEHR Partners

AmericanEHR Partners is a free online resource designed to aid the medical community with the selection, implementation, and effective use of health information technology and electronic health records (EHR). It does not endorse any electronic healthcare record vendor. AmericanEHR Partners was founded by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies and is supported by 19 professional societies with a combined membership of more than 677,000 clinicians, representing more than 65 percent of physicians in the United States. For more information on AmericanEHR Partners, visit: www.americanehr.com.

Contacts:

AmericanEHR Partners
Alan Brookstone, MD (604) 813-6729
abrookstone@cientis.com

American College of Physicians
David Kinsman, (202) 261-4554
dkinsman@acponline.org

American Medical Association
Robert J. Mills, (312) 464-5970
robert.mills@ama-assn.org

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