EHR Association Updates Developer Code of Conduct

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has released an updated version of its EHR Developer Code of Conduct. The Code focuses on:

  • General business practices
  • Patient safety
  • Usability
  • Interoperability and data portability
  • Clinical and billing documentation
  • Privacy and security
  • Patient engagement

It was developed by the EHR Association in June 2013 through engagement with stakeholders representing government, health care provider associations, and consumers. It is guided by a transparent set of industry principles that reflect a commitment to safe healthcare delivery, continued innovation, and high integrity. The Code applies to EHR developers, which might be stand-alone companies or divisions or business units of companies with other non-EHR lines of business.

Major changes in Version 2 include a new section on usability that reflects the critical importance of this topic, elaborates on the role of user-centered design (UCD) and usability best practices, and provides examples of how adopters of the Code might involve their clients in those activities.

The section on interoperability and data sharing was also updated to add greater clarity on provisions regarding transparency to companies’ clients on pricing models, including components related to achieving interoperability.  The Association also reiterated its strong commitment to standards-based, cost efficient information exchange where it is valuable to the healthcare provider and/or the patient, and highlighted its opposition to data blocking. 

The association also expanded the sections of the Code on patient engagement and privacy and security. Adopters of the Code recognize that product development is an area where EHR developers can increasingly consider patients’ needs as they become more involved in managing their own care and that of their families. Privacy and security is a tremendously important topic on which the member companies provide critical support and education to their clients, and the association expanded this section to reflect that commitment to best practices in this area.

The Code of Conduct also covers general business practices, patient safety, and clinical and billing documentation.

The Association encourages adoption of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct by all companies that develop EHR technology, regardless of whether they are members of the EHR Association. To learn more about the Code of Conduct or the EHRA, please visit their website.

eMDs is an active member of the EHRA.