Committees, Workgroups & Task Forces

To learn more about or to participate on an EHRA Committee, Workgroup and/or Task Force, please contact Sarah Willis-Garcia at swillis@himss.org

Committees:

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is responsible for establishing the guiding principles of the EHR Association and for developing and implementing strategic plans.

Meets weekly

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee manages membership criteria and materials and approves new members. They manage the election and appointment processes as well as the EHR Association annual budget process.

Meets as needed
 

Workgroups:

Members participating in a Workgroup, commit to

  • Monthly or twice monthly calls for the Workgroup
  • Have an interest in learning and taking a leadership role in the initiatives of the Workgroup

Certification Workgroup 
The Certification Workgroup focuses on efforts related to the certification of electronic health records, including government (ONC, NIST) and private industry certification bodies.

Meets jointly with the Delivery System Reform Workgroup and/or as needed

Clinician Experience (CX) Workgroup 
The Clinician Experience Workgroup focuses on clinician experience and usability. The group will be a source of information and education for EHR Association members, provide a forum for discussion, and serve as a vehicle for monitoring and providing input to regulatory and certification initiatives as well as other industry stakeholders such as provider-focused professional societies, ONC, and NIST. 

Meets the third Friday of each month
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Delivery System Reform (DSR) Workgroup 
The Delivery System Reform Workgroup focuses on the important relationship between health information technology and the significant delivery system reform efforts underway in the United States toward value-based reimbursement, including where those efforts relate to products and services offered by our clients that extend beyond traditional EHRs, yet leverage EHR data or integrate with EHR technology.

The Workgroup unites and oversees certification, meaningful use, and quality measurement initiatives that are increasingly subject to healthcare payment reform efforts. DSR provides education to members as well as a vehicle for monitoring and providing input to Congressional and regulatory initiatives, including collaboration with other industry stakeholders where appropriate. 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month
2:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern

Patient Safety (PS) Workgroup 
The Patient Safety Workgroup works collaboratively with member companies and key stakeholders to advance the safe use of EHRs. This group will create best practices in key areas identified by the Executive Committee and will serve as a resource to educate the membership on issues of patient safety and proactive reporting processes associated with EHR usage. 

Meets the first Friday of each month
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Public Policy Leadership (PPL) Workgroup 
The Public Policy Leadership Workgroup facilitates leadership in public policy initiatives of importance to EHR Association members. This workgroup will partner with other EHR Association workgroups and the Executive Committee to align efforts and utilize content (i.e., EHR Association positions), to enable leadership in priority areas. The Public Policy Leadership Workgroup will be a source of information and education for EHR Association members on key public policy initiatives. 

Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month
12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern

Privacy & Security (P&S) Workgroup 
The Privacy & Security Workgroup is responsible for monitoring and organizing the Association’s input and response to initiatives - whether driven by proposed regulation, standards or certification requirements - that relate to privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) managed or exchanged through an EHR. 

Meets the third Tuesday of each month
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern

Quality Measurement (QM) Workgroup 
The Quality Measurement Workgroup focuses on opportunities and barriers related to how health IT can facilitate improvements in care quality, with a special focus on two HIT domains: clinical decision support and clinician experience. 

Meets jointly with the Delivery System Reform Workgroup and/or as needed

Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Workgroup 
The Standards & Interoperability Workgroup supports the membership with coordinated feedback and education on industry, government and standards development organization (SDO) initiatives. It works with its membership to develop a clear and pragmatic roadmap to achieve national interoperability. 

Meets the first Tuesday of each month
2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

Task Forces:

Unlike EHRA Committees and Workgroups, Task Forces are short-term and project specific, often requiring participants to have expertise in specialized subject matters.

Opioid Crisis Task Force
The Opioid Crisis Task Force examines how to best utilize electronic health record systems' data and capabilities as a tool in nationwide efforts to fight opioid abuse. Volunteer participants from member companies include pharmacists, doctors, nurses, and technical experts who are all focused on the unique contributions that EHRs have to offer federal and state policymakers, public health officials, and providers in the this of the opioid crisis. The Task Force has designated subgroups focused on three key areas in which EHRA members are well positioned to offer expertise and drive solutions: 

  1. Policy - Provide policy and technical input to policymakers and regulators
  2. Clinician Impact - Focus on the intersection of clinicians and technology, providing tools and methods for reducing provider burden and optimizing workflow
  3. Standards and Technology - Recommend solutions to improve system-to-system and state-to-state information sharing

Meets Every Other Friday
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Interoperability Measurement Task Force
The Interoperability Measurement Task Force focuses on meeting the challenge of measuring the impact of interoperability. The industry and ONC have been working to better express the contribution of interoperability, but have not been able to get clarity or consensus on how widely interoperability has been integrated into the healthcare fabric. EHRA members are exploring how we can collectively contribute and provide improved insight into how interoperability has been able to positively impact either the quality, cost, and/or delivery of healthcare.
 
Meets Every Other Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern