A Human Factors Guide to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care – National Institute of Standards and Technology – June 2012

Posted on July 20, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Informatics, Medical Records | Tags: , , , , |

A Human Factors Guide to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care – National Institute of Standards and Technology – June 2012 NIST

“Executive Summary

Adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems in hospitals and physician practices is accelerating. Usability of EHRs has been identified as an important factor impacting patient safety, and recommendations for improvement have been provided. Pediatric patients have unique characteristics that translate into unique EHR usability challenges. It is not surprising, then, that the adoption of EHRs by pediatric care providers has lagged behind adoption for adult care providers. In this document, we highlight important user interactions that are especially salient for pediatric care and hence to the EHR user-centered design process. These interactions and associated usability recommendations were identified by consensus during a series of teleconferences with experts representing the disciplines of human factors engineering, usability, informatics, and pediatrics in ambulatory care and pediatric intensive care. In addition, extensive peer review was provided by experts in pediatric informatics, emergency medicine, neonatology, pediatrics, human factors engineering, usability engineering,and software development and implementation.

This report details recommendations to enhance EHR usability when supporting pediatric patient care and also identifies promising areas for EHR innovation. Finally, we illustrate unique pediatric considerations in the context of representative clinical scenarios which may be helpful for formative user-centered design approaches and summative usability evaluations.”

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