Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Making EHRs Safer: Using Research to Power Change

It may seem like they’ve been around longer, but electronic health records (EHR’s) have only gained widespread adoption in the last ten years. In recent years, researchers from MedStar Health have been investigating the use of EHRs. Some of the most recent research was on the usability of EHRs and how it contributes to patient safety.

As a result of this research, MedStar has collaborated with the American Medical Association (AMA) to push for changes to address the known risks to patient safety and clinician burnout that stem from poor EHR usability. This collaboration has resulted in a new website, EHRSeeWhatWeMean.org, to highlight the concerns and potential solutions.

Visit EHRSeeWhatWeMean.org to watch on videos of
real & simulated electronic health record usability & safety issues
Everyone who participates in healthcare in the United States can benefit from action to make EHRs more effective and usable. The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare has authored a letter to Congress, urging them to ensure safety is prioritized in the EHR Reporting Program that is already mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act.  Consider taking the time to add your voice to the call for change.

Learn more about the collaboration and research behind the initiative here.

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