NIST Guidance on EHR Usability

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: health care, usability 

On Tuesday, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Technical Evaluation, Testing, and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records (NISTIR 7804).  As noted in the Executive Summary:

This document summarizes the rationale for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Usability Protocol (EUP) and outlines procedures for design evaluation and human user performance testing of EHR systems. The procedures include general steps and guidance for evaluating an EHR user interface from clinical and human factors perspectives, and for conducting a validation study (i.e., summative usability test) of EHR user interfaces with representative user groups performing realistic tasks. (p. 7)

The final version incorporates comments received in response to the September 2011 draft document. The document can be downloaded here.

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