Chair, Independent National Physician Advisory Board, OptumInsight

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"As a gynecologist in solo practice coping with real world challenges, I am so grateful to be included as an equal stakeholder with large corporations and big delivery systems working on the Connecting for Health Common Framework Policies. While understanding others' needs and goals, I am a voice for the majority of physicians in this country in small practices just trying to get through the maze of problems they face on the front lines of care delivery. Most are working very hard and don't have time or resources to make big investments in health information technology. The Common Framework has been an instrumental and valuable resource in developing policies for my own local community health information exchange.

In my former role as an American Medical Association trustee at the same CFH table, I advocated for patients' rights to privacy, security and personal health records. I worked for fair helpful evidence-based performance measurement and avoiding unfunded technology mandates for physicians. By working on real-world prototypes, Connecting for Health sees how important it is to keep decisions at the level of individual doctors and patients. The diversity of views around the table creates strong policy outcomes and practical solutions to difficult problems. From my perspective, there is no better way to do it."

Joseph Heyman, MD, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with a private practice in Amesbury, Massachusetts, served an 8-year term on the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees (BOT). He served as Chair of the AMA-BOT from 2008 to 2009, Secretary...
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