AMIA2014 Workflow Paper (Tuesday) Safety-Enhanced Design as a Meaningful Use Objective: Evaluating and Advancing the Usability of Electronic Health Records

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1:45 Tuesday

“Effective, safe and routine use of HIT by clinicians is predicated on the availability of well-designed systems that have excellent usability characteristics and can be integrated into common clinical workflows. The ONC has required, for the first time, that institutions and vendors developing EHRs submit results of summative usability evaluations as part of their application for Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification. The intent was to let developers show evidence of usability of their product so consumers could make informed purchase decisions. The expected content of each usability report was specified by the NIST in the Common Industry Format Template. However, the methods and extent of each evaluation study likely varied at each institution certifying their product. Panelists will discuss test studies, results and lessons learned for three home-grown EHRs – The Medical Gopher, HELP, and the Longitudinal Medical Records systems, and present a vendor perspective from Epic Systems

There is an emerging consensus among leaders in the industry, academia and government that a sustained positive effect of HIT can only be achieved by using systems that are specifically designed for the complex and dynamic healthcare environment, provide cognitive and decision support, have high standards of usability, advanced design of the human interface and can be integrated well into clinical workflows.”

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