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US and European informatics leaders advance transatlantic cooperation on health IT policy
Date:5/16/2011

lobal shortages of individuals trained to develop, implement, maintain and use HIT and EHRs.

The ARGOS recommendations will be synthesized to support common, coordinated policy actions and implementation measures in both the EU and the U.S.

ARGOS participant Meryl Bloomrosen, AMIA Vice President for Policy and Government Relations, explained AMIA's role as the U.S. convener of ARGOS, saying, "AMIA and its members have worked on interoperability, standards, benefits of health information technology, and workforce issues for decades." She added, "AMIA welcomes the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and the EU because it promotes a common approach on the interoperability of EHRs and education programs for information technology and health professionals. The more interoperability that exists in health IT, the greater the consistency is in quality of care delivered to patients." She also thanked Ilias Iakovidis, deputy head of ICT for Health, at the EC's Directorate-General Information Society and Media, for allowing AMIA to provide subject-matter expertise as part of the shared global policy-making efforts.

This health-centric partnership between the EU and the U.S. sends a strong signal-- in support of a global approach to HIT--that common interoperability solutions bring opportunities that benefit patients, health systems, and the marketplace. In addition, eHealth technologies reduce medical costs and foster independent living-- key objectives of Europe's digital agenda.

Publication of ARGOS proceedings is expected later this year.


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Contact: Nancy Light
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301-657-5903
American Medical Informatics Association
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