Integrating Electronic Health Records into Clinical Workflow: An Application of Human Factors Modeling Methods to Ambulatory Care – National Institute of Standards and Technology – March 2014

Posted on April 1, 2014. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: |

Integrating Electronic Health Records into Clinical Workflow: An Application of Human Factors Modeling Methods to Ambulatory Care – National Institute of Standards and Technology – March 2014

Extract from the executive summary:

“Adoption of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in hospitals and outpatient clinics is accelerating. EHRs can support and revolutionize the way information is used to provide high-quality and safe patient care. At the same time, however, issues with workflow integration have contributed to slow rates of EHR adoption in some settings, including ambulatory outpatient care. Workflow is a set of tasks, grouped chronologically into processes, and the set of people or resources needed for those tasks that are necessary to accomplish a given goal. Workflow analysis is an integral part of the early stages of the User-Centered Design (UCD) process. UCD is an approach to designing systems and employs both formative and summative methods in order to achieve systematic discovery of useful functions grounded in an understanding of the work domain.”

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Cybersecurity Framework – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) [US] – 2 July 2013

Posted on July 9, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Cybersecurity Framework – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) [US] – 2 July 2013

Media release

“The Framework will consist of standards, guidelines, and best practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure. The prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the framework will help owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk while protecting business confidentiality, individual privacy and civil liberties.”

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Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems – NIST – 27 November 2012

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems – NIST – 27 November 2012

“The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of Notional Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems. This guide offers an array of supply chain assurance methods to help federal agencies manage the risks associated with purchasing and implementing information and communications technologies (ICT) products and services.

Security risks introduced via the supply chain—both intentional and unintentional—are substantial and on the rise. The global ICT supply chain’s growing sophistication and increasing speed and scale leave government agencies vulnerable to be exploited through a variety of means, including counterfeit materials, malicious software or untrustworthy products.

The guide describes ICT supply chain risk management as a multidisciplinary practice with a number of interconnected enterprise processes that, when performed correctly, will help departments and agencies manage the risk of using ICT products and services. The publication calls for procurement organizations to establish a coordinated team approach to assess the ICT supply chain risk and to manage this risk by using technical and programmatic mitigation techniques.”

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Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices – NIST – 31 October 2012

Posted on November 20, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices – NIST – 31 October 2012

“NIST Provides Draft Guidelines to Secure Mobile Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft guidelines that outline the baseline security technologies mobile devices should include to protect the information they handle. Smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, whether personal or “organization-issued,” are increasingly used in business and government. NIST’s goal in issuing the new guidelines is to accelerate industry efforts to implement these technologies for more cyber-secure mobile devices.

Securing these tools, especially employee-owned products, is becoming increasingly important for companies and government agencies with the growing popularity—and capability—of the devices. Many organizations allow employees to use their own smart phones and tablets, even though their use increases cybersecurity risks to the organization’s networks, data and resources.

Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices defines the fundamental security components and capabilities needed to enable more secure use of products.”

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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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