Usability Challenges Constrain EMR Use, Report Says

5 July 2009 (Last Updated July 5th, 2009 18:30)

Challenges around the use of software in electronic medical records (EMR) are the most critical factors impeding the widespread adoption by healthcare organisations, according to a new white paper. The US Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's EHR Usability Task Force

Challenges around the use of software in electronic medical records (EMR) are the most critical factors impeding the widespread adoption by healthcare organisations, according to a new white paper.

The US Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's EHR Usability Task Force has released a new white paper, offering a detailed review of usability for EMR.

Author of 'Defining and Testing EMR Usability: Principles and Proposed Methods of EMR Usability Evaluation and Rating' Dr Jeff Belden said that addressing these issues will increase the take-up of EMR systems.

"Through our research, we found that usability as a requirement in the certification process could benefit product development for more usable EMR products and give users or decision makers more confidence in selecting clinical EMR systems," Belden said.