Usability Starts with U

Usability is "the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use" [ISO9241]. Usability represents an important yet often overlooked factor impacting the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. Without usable systems, doctors, medical technicians, nurses, administrative staff, consumers, and other users cannot gain the potential benefits of features and functions of EHR systems.

HIMSS13 - March 3-7 2013

It’s the right time And it’s what you’ve been working toward. Health IT issues, technology, mandates and delivery of care have come together. It’s the right place. HIMSS13 provides you with what you need to impact the future: a week of dynamic programs, speakers and solutions. HIMSS13 is your conference—your forum for connecting with your community and strengthening your commitment to the unsurpassed quality of patient care. It’s on.

http://www.himssconference.org/index.aspx

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NIST Guide to the Processes Approach for Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records

This document provides NIST guidance for those developing electronic health record (EHR) applications who need to know more about processes of user centered design (UCD).

http://www.nist.gov/itl/hit/upload/Guide_Final_Publication_Version.pdf

Terminology: HIT, EMR EHR?

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In 2004 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was created to promote health IT adoption and lay the foundation for an infrastructure that would grow with the changing landscape of healthcare and digital records. From the beginning the most basic of terms needed to be defined and adopted to create a consistent language that would support the whole system including public policies, private development, and outreach and educational initiatives.

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