Co-author of the recently released , Dr. Robert Schumacher, presented at the sHIMSS 2011 conference on health information technology usability. In his presentation, Schumacher, Managing Director of User Centric, discussed how to implement a program to improve usability of health information technologies.
Dr. Schumacher also discussed assessment tools to determine an organization’s usability readiness, and gave recommendations for instituting usability programs within the organization/enterprise, with regard to people, processes and management support. He also suggested supplemental resources, such as books, websites, pattern libraries, standards/guidelines, coursework, consultants, etc. Many of the principles discussed were released in a white paper by HIMSS this week; Dr. Schumacher was a co-author on this paper.
Developed in junction with NIST, AHRQ, AMIA and the ONC on Electronic Health Record (EHR) Usability, the pre-conference Usability Symposium was held at the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference on Feb. 20, and targeted development departments, system analysts and implementation consultants from industry and health systems. The program had speakers who are leaders in government, industry and academia. It was designed to provide a background of human factors engineering, usability and design as well as to share practical case studies to improve EHR development and customization. Dr. Schumacher was one of the organizers of the symposium.
This symposium will address topics contributing to EMR usability from the developer and system analyst perspective involving human factors engineering, cognitive task analysis and design. EMR usability principles which affect efficiencies and patient safety in order to drive adoption of HIT and the achievement of meaningful use will be reviewed.
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