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Increasing EHR system usability through standards Conformance criteria in the HL7 EHR-system functional model

Though substantial work has been done on the usability of health information technology, improvements in electronic health record system (EHR) usability have been slow, creating frustration, distrust of EHRs and the use of potentially unsafe work-arounds. Wability standards could be part of the solution for improving EHR usability. EHR system functional requirements and standards have been used successfully in the past to specify system behavior, the criteria of which have been gradually implemented in EHR systems through certification programs and other national health IT strategies. Similarly, functional requirements and standards for usability can help address the multitude of sequelae associated with poor usability. This paper describes the evidence-based functional requirements for usability contained in the Health Level Seven (HL7) EHR System Functional Model, and the benefits of open and voluntary EHR system usability standards. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Meehan, R. A., Mon, D. T., Kelly, K. M., Rocca, M., Dickinson, G., Ritter, J., & Johnson, C. M. (2016). Increasing EHR system usability through standards: Conformance criteria in the HL7 EHR-system functional model. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 63, 169-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2016.08.015

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