NIST Guidance Addresses EHR Usability in Three High-Risk Areas; More from ISMP

October 21, 2015 | Risk Management News

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Guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides healthcare facilities with methods to evaluate the usability of electronic health records (EHRs) focusing on three critical use risk areas. "Patient safety is negatively affected when critical safety tasks are performed with the support of poorly designed EHRs," NIST says, listing the three high-risk areas related to EHR usability as follows: 1) consistent display of information critical to patient identification; 2) cues to reduce the risk of entering information and writing orders in the wrong patient record; and 3) efficient and easy identification of inaccurate, outdated, or inappropriate items in lists of grouped information.

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