Health Information Technology

The material provided on the following electronic health records (EHR) pages and documents are for information purposes and not an endorsement by the APA. This information is provided as a service to APA members by APA staff and its Committee on Mental Health Information Technology (CMHIT).

Resources: Choosing the Right EHR

APA’s EHR resource page will help guide you through the health information technology (HIT) process and provide information on evaluating EHR vendors, EHR educational materials and tools, software listings and reviews, and a glossary of terms.

Privacy and Security

Find resources related to privacy and HIT, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy and security issues that affect psychiatry.

National HIT Initiatives

View the many U.S. initiatives that promote the adoption, interoperability, and standardization of EHR, EHR initiatives, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the National Health IT website, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).

Electronic Prescribing

Learn about the potential advantages in making prescribing more efficient and safer and related resources.

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PsychNews: New Process Announced to Avoid EHR Penalties in 2017

The government has issued an update to previous rules governing the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program and is now allowing blanket “hardship” exemptions to the program so that clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals can avoid penalties that would have been incurred in 2017 had they not complied with “meaningful use” requirements in 2015.

For more information, contact APA’s Department of Practice Management and Delivery Systems.

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