Designing a good Electronic Health Record (EHR) system – one which balances usability and flexibility with structure and interoperability – is a challenge (to say the least). Not just for us, but for the entire industry.
The first post in this series described the need for a tool physicians can use to evaluate EMR usability. The second post set out a conceptual framework for developing such a tool. In this post, we present an actual EMR usability evaluation tool.
A fundamental part of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems is the ability to share data with other, outside sources. Besides simply capturing in-office work – chart notes, prescription writing, scheduling, and the like – an EHR should connect with the “outside world.” This is the...Continue
Recently, we suggested that innovative business models can drive vendors to produce breakthroughs in EMR usability. We subsequently argued that market forces are more efficient than regulation as a means to assure rapid dissemination of usable EMRs. If the market is to work its magic...Continue
The question of Certification of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has caused confusion among many physicians, clinics and hospitals. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a new approach to certification came into play, which replaced the legacy method.