Practice Transformation Series: Electronic Health Record Optimization: Strategies for Thriving
Electronic health records (EHRs) have profoundly changed the practice of medicine and are often perceived as both a blessing and a burden by the clinicians who use them. Decisions made in the design, regulation, implementation, and individual use of the EHR contribute to its benefits and challenges. Optimizing the EHR allows health care delivery organizations to have the ability to maximize the benefits and minimize the burdens of EHR use. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact the STEPS Forward team at
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Practice Transformation Series: Electronic Health Record Optimization: Strategies for Thriving
Release Date: August 30, 2018 
Expiration Date: August 31, 2021

Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
  1. Identify leadership, system, and individual strategies to optimize EHR use
  2. Explain the importance of teamwork in implementing and using the EHR in your practice 
  3. Describe how your practice can leverage EHR data to improve overall workflows 

Target Audiences
The educational activity is designed for all physicians, senior leadership executives (CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CWOs), health professionals, and health related office managers. 

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies; practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

Claiming Your CME Credit 
In order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 1) view the module content in its entirety, 2) answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation.  

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education credit for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Planning Committee
Janet Williams, MA, CME Program Committee Advisor, American Medical Association 
Christine A. Sinsky, MD, FACP , Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, American Medical Association 
Samantha Leicht, MBA, Program Administrator, American Medical Association

Christine A. Sinsky, MD, FACP, Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, American Medical Association, Author 
Pater Basch, MD, MACP, IT Quality and Safety, Research, and National Health IT Policy, MedStar Health, Author 
Jane F Fogg MD, MPH, Chair of Internal Medicine and Population Health, Atrius Health, Author 
Christopher Joseph, Associate CIO for Clinical Systems, Atrius Health, Author 
CT Lin MD, FACP,  CMIO, University of Colorado Health System, Author 
Margaret Lozovatsky, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer for Child Health, BJC Health Care, Author 

Several modules have been developed from the generous grant funding of the federal
Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI), an effort designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation through TCPI's Practice Transformation Networks. The AMA, in collaboration with TCPI, is providing technical assistance and peer-level support to enrolled practices by way of STEPS Forward resources. The AMA is also engaging the national physician community in health care transformation through network projects, change packages, success stories and training modules.

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-002 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

Hardware/software Requirements
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher. 
Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
PDF Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher. 
Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact STEPS Forward team at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
11 Registered Users
0.5 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians