Medical systems use a myriad of codes to describe the diagnoses made by the physician and the procedures that physicians order. Learning the right paths takes time. <>stream 22 0 obj Our own experience with physicians interacting with EMRs provides insights into the causes of these user challenges. All except 1 participant used the system in the same location, and was provided with the same instructions. This equates to a per capita cost of $7,421 (HHS, 2009). The examination involves a physical examination of the patient, sometimes reviewing all major systems, i.e., circulatory, skeletal, gastrointestinal, etc. As we noticed, the road to effective patient care can take many paths, not only by the variety of medical personnel but also within the physician category. endobj Physicians found that it took much, much longer to use the new computer system than did the same ordering with pen and paper. endobj These challenges are the result of the difficulty of crafting a system that involves skilled users, complex functionality, and critical tasks. Svetlana Z. Lowry . Unfortunately, all the news is not good. Tablet PC A portable, handheld Point of Care Point of care is the time and place of care being given to the patient from the health-care provider. �0E����l��>�����&jJLl���vU(ùp�9(ȋl���xrap�I�y\�bC#i�,;%��#+�*a���&`�s��\H��:��yk���%��S���Ch�S�����! Thieme E-Books & E-Journals. The New Year is a time of reflection and anticipation. These records can be shared across different health care settings. The causes are many: This is only a partial list, and the list for each EMR system is different. Even after training, physicians are often less productive because the EMR slows them down (Tipirneni, 2006). The rush to automate the clinical environment has met significant resistance from clinicians, resulting in some major implementation failures. Lyle is a Project Director with HFI. Second, the patient’s current health problem is typically related to prior health problems, e.g., diabetics typically have related health problems including retinopathy, neuropathy, and renal failure. This implies that they need an interface customized for their specialty. The navigation schemes must reflect the mental model of the medical professional and not those of the designer or even the medical administration. Zeitschriften Bücher A published study of Kaiser’s experience at their Hawaii clinics revealed numerous problems. Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2009). This situation is surprisingly typical where physicians are interrupted at least once per hour by pages to attend to another patient’s record. (See Figure 2.) x�+� � | Clinicians use foreign terminology; clinicians have very broad and deep knowledge; physicians have enormous power (political as well as life-and-death) in clinical settings; and privacy as well as limited access to busy physicians can keep usability professionals from observing physicians at work. x�+� � | �0E����ԅ���v+��n�&m#iR�ԯ7�+���\��T�E���w��R��:�#��#P�h�#�Q����MF�=�:�Y+Ss���IXgt����j�p�u����;\:oe�4�VJ�W&k�H/x�eOBW��������R��?� endobj Enable the rapid switching between patients that is consistent with the way many physicians operate. 42 0 obj Finally, some physicians prefer combinations, e.g., importing boilerplate data, like medications and labs, while typing in their plans. 5 0 obj There is certainly a complex relationship among EMR usage, quality of clinical care, and the implementation of nationalized medicine. He or she looks at your throat, up your nose, and in your ears. Naturally, if the patient had questions, he would jump back to step 3 and could go anywhere from there, depending on the patient interaction, what appeared in the patient’s chart, and what problem-solving approach he pursued. But EHR usability – ... Across the country, virtually all doctor’s offices and hospitals use electronic health records, or EHRs, to capture patient information. Kaiser Permanente’s experience of implementing an electronic medical record: a qualitative study, British Medical Journal, 331:1313-6, Retrieved on May 2007 from http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/331/7528/1313. Measure blood oxygen level is 94761, while a TB intradermal test is 86580. However, the method employed for entry affects successful searches for relevant patient information. They complain of forced changes to established and successful work flows, long training times, and excessive time spent serving the computer rather than providing care to patients. 56 0 obj Younger physicians tend to be touch typists, while older physicians tend to prefer dictation. Usability improvements in electronic health records (EHRs) are associated with improved cognitive workload and performance levels among clinicians, according to a study published in JAMA. Composing the note often takes more time with a computerized system than with the old paper-based system. The tasks they complete, diagnosing and treating illnesses, are very complex and high risk. x�+� � | <>stream Each specialty typically needs a specialized interface to support their unique needs. <>/Subtype/Link/Type/Annot/Border[0 0 0]/Rect[451.786 101.197 539.32 108.68]>> endobj 1–3 A survey of clinicians, conducted by the American College of Physicians, suggests that dissatisfaction with the EHR’s ease of use increased from 23% in 2010 to 37% in 2012. Figure 5. When was the patient’s last mammogram? �0E���ԅ���v+��n�&mGҤ�A�_oZW���a�b/�?���y�������2�K�p��V��< `�{�(meNb ��VH%��G�5Bc� The American Medical Association (AMA, 2006) enumerates eleven benefits of using an EMR system, including potential reduction in medical errors, reduced costs related to chart filing and transcription, and improved communication with other systems (AMA, 2006). endstream Technical Evaluation, Testing, and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records: Empirically Based Use Cases for Validating Safety-Enhanced Usability and Guidelines for Standardization . Also, many of the EMR systems we saw did not support rapid switching from one patient to another and back again. It is also central to good user-centered design. (2005, June 20). The e-Health Revolution, Time, 165(26), 55-57. Some screens contain information that is not needed, but missing information that is. We could treat patients better because information would not fall between the cracks” (Rogoski, 2005, p. 12). Those with busy schedules tend to wait until the end of the day to enter their notes for all patients. Physicians are highly trained professionals with very large knowledge bases and deep problem solving skills. 8 0 obj Electronic health records (EHRs) offer tremendous benefits for patient safety, communication, and care coordination. Usability Testing an Electronic Health Record: Lessons Learned and Ethical Considerations. <>/ProcSet [/PDF /Text /ImageB /ImageC /ImageI]/ExtGState<>/Font<>/XObject<>>>/Parent 37 0 R/CropBox[0 0 613.266 811.688]/TrimBox[9 9 604.266 802.688]/MediaBox[0 0 613.247 811.672]>> The nurse also asks, “So, what brings you into the clinic today?” Whatever the patient says next will be translated into the chief complaint and is typically recorded in the system. <>/ProcSet [/PDF /Text /ImageB /ImageC /ImageI]/ExtGState<>/Font<>>>/Parent 37 0 R/CropBox[0 0 613.266 811.688]/TrimBox[9 9 604.266 802.688]/MediaBox[0 0 613.247 811.672]>> endobj hospitals with comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) systems, factors related to advanced system usability remain largely unknown, particularly among nurses. In the same way that the physician can inherit the login used by the nurse, the nurse should be able to complete the administrative aspects of the visit, e.g., administer and record inoculations. Of the seven usability categories, EHR challenges were reported in the following areas: Data Entry, Alerting, Interoperability, Visual Display, Availability of Information, System Automation & Defaults, and Workflow Support. EHR Usability Toolkit: A … These include loss of productivity and steep learning curves. endobj One scheme (Figure 5) employs a top level patient tab, a left navigation categorization, a set of relevant sub tabs, and even a further breakdown in the active content area. Y�9>\�՞�D�I�������F@Jzy�tW��������E�l6&k���4���[wO�1yخ�g��I6�x�:��CK=K�Lw_oEr}v��j�Rc��` );0=��4�u���Ō.���.�:U�J�Ұ��o��9�᲼O�w���)� ��de^��0r��r��Q���8���� �����������wJX�;e�:��@Qh��T��*�p~ endstream x�+� � | This study establishes a foundation of EHR interface design considerations and With ready access to the patient’s chart, physicians can provide better care. 10 0 obj endstream Most industrialized nations have avoided this dilemma, in part, by implementing electronic medical record (EMR) systems. endobj Overall, our observations support insights from the literature. One challenge to understanding users and their tasks is the depth and breadth of user knowledge. �b�� Jacob Reider | January 6, 2014. endobj x�+� � | Parallel work on one patient by both the physician and the nurse requires that the EMR allow simultaneous access to the same patient record, even though many database systems limit simultaneous access. Beyond codes are the hundreds of commonly prescribed medications. Some examples include variations in the pace of work, the use of nurses, mode and timing of data entry, timing of patient load, task flow issues, and variations in needed functionality. Share . WHAT IS EHR USABILITY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? You also experienced several administrative subtasks not related to medical care, i.e., filling out forms and paying for the visit, along with many minutes of reading old magazines, watching TV, and browsing colorful brochures on osteoporosis and circumcision. �u�;B��T=e ⭔������VA�l˞��&�_��)�?�k�"��@ Benefits of an EMR. endobj Some physicians enter the note with the patient present, while others wait until the patient has left the exam room. He has managed IT departments and led the redesign of many intranets, public Web sites, and productivity applications. 1,2 However, specific usability issues and EHR clinical processes that contribute to possible patient harm across different health care facilities have not been … Health care costs represent a significant percentage of a country’s GDP. 70 0 obj 1. Example structured editor for note entry. 20 0 obj It is most expensive in the U.S., where 16% of gross domestic product (GDP) goes to health care costs. The timing of data entry can be highly variable. We also base our insights on an extensive cross-facility usability review for Mayo Clinic. (2005 November 3). You can imagine observing three different specialists before lunch where each one discusses a different organ system, orders different tests, and prescribes different medications. However, the story from individual physicians is quite different. Rosencrance, L. (2006 November 16). endobj x�e�� While this approach sounds promising, the usability of the templates must be thoroughly user-tested to ensure that it meets the needs of both data entry and retrieval. If it is not done correctly, the physician will never see the results. I observed an oncologist start with step 3 (interact with patient), go to step 2 (review patient chart), and finish with step 4 (order labs, procedures, and medications). <>stream This forces the physician to lose time by reviewing current work or face potential safety issues from incomplete work. Schoen, C., Osborn, R., Huynk, P. T., Doty, M., Peugh, J. Records are shared through network-connected, enterprise-wide information systems or other information networks and exchanges. Usability professionals, in our experience, face significant challenges in clinical environments when tasked with making an EMR more usable. One of the primary reasons for this failure is the lack of usability in the implementation of many systems. Each comes in different dosages taken with different frequencies at different times of the day. He holds a degree in Management Information Systems. On the Front Lines of Care: Primary Care Doctors’ Office Systems, Experiences, and Views in Seven Countries, Health Affairs, 25, pp. In another case where dictation was available, the department head mandated that all physicians type in their notes so that they would be immediately available. Then there are pain relievers, tranquilizers, allergy medicines, antibiotics, medicines for blood pressure, sleeping pills, and stomach remedies. The Washington Post, p. A01. 1-3 Usability challenges include suboptimal design of interfaces that have confusing layouts and contain either too much or too little relevant information as well as workflows and alerts that are burdensome. A typical EMR system contains hundreds and hundreds of screens that need to be accessed through the system’s navigational scheme using tabs, buttons, and hyperlinks. Physicians also found that there were severe limitations on their ability to make medical judgments. x�m�� endobj 1 0 obj x�+� � | 41 0 obj <>/ProcSet [/PDF /Text /ImageB /ImageC /ImageI]/ExtGState<>/Font<>>>/Parent 37 0 R/CropBox[0 0 613.266 811.688]/Annots[76 0 R 77 0 R]/TrimBox[9 9 604.266 802.688]/MediaBox[0 0 613.247 811.672]>> Tipirneni, K. (2006). Finally, implementation teams should consider portable tablet PCs so that the physician is always connected and never has to log out or back in. Some screens are densely packed with information, making information hard to find. Another system at a remote clinic expected the local tech staff to customize screens for each of the specialties. The physician’s task flow can be highly variable and frequently interrupted. The delegation of work varies across physicians. Bush, G.W. endstream Point and click interfaces are a vast improvement over the older text-based 3270 screens. All this occurred at one of the most wired hospitals in the nation (Connolly, 2005). The report recommends that health care providers and EHR developers use safety-based, rigorous test case scenarios that are outlined in the report to detect and correct problems and help avoid patient safety issues similar to those reported above. 39 0 obj Usability was determined by measuring effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction. ��s�w#b譣wr$�਎���tkIM�3���TSP2��'���w��W�?�˟ҫT���@� Both physicians, though, are constantly interrupted by their beepers, their phones, and the paging system. x�m�� With this solid understanding of users’ tasks, we can now revisit the challenges that physicians face with EMRs to look for ways to improve their EMR experiences. 40 0 obj HHSA290200900023I Prepared by: Westat . The chart below represents the frequency with which each usability category occurred following an EHR usability study: See How Your EHR is Limiting the Number of Patients You Can See in a Day Read the Report As a result, different physicians often need to see different information about the same patient. System updates may have a cost to them. 68 0 obj Hospitals and clinics promise to be a fertile ground for data visualization software and for the manufacturers of display hardware. Also, physicians are reluctant to use a system that takes more time to complete a task. The patient encounter starts when a nurse first sees the patient in the exam room. When this happens, they often lose track of where they are in their task flow because the EMR interface does not change to show which subtasks have been started or completed. Hal is a Project Director with Human Factors International (HFI) and has been designing and evaluating user interfaces for over 30 years. They can fit you in at 3 p.m. You appear at the clinic at 3 p.m. and start filling out paperwork: health insurance information, medical history including surgeries, family history of ailments, and current medications. During the usability test, participants interacted with 1 EHR. We reflect on what went well in the past (and perhaps what didn’t go so well); we anticipate future challenges and accomplishments. Which pharmacy do you use?”. 14 0 obj endstream <>stream Electronic health record (EHR) usability, which is the extent that EHRs support clinicians in achieving their goals in a satisfying, effective, and efficient manner, is a point of frustration for clinicians and can have patient safety consequences. <>stream In addition, physicians specialize in one of dozens of specialties. Instead, we will focus on the tasks that physicians complete in the course of a patient encounter and highlight the corresponding usability problems that arise from variances in the way physicians work. Retrieved on May 2007 from www.ama-assn.org. �;?q�41,J�q�^��X� o9��k��j����a�:#Z�V�b�\1=�V8Β=}�l3����J��O��Q�*5� �&?� %PDF-1.3 <>stream Allow for the delegation of appropriate responsibility to other members of the medical team. Pediatric populations are uniquely vulnerable to the usability and safety challenges of electronic health records (EHRs), particularly those related to medication, yet little is known about the specific issues contributing to hazards. Also, physicians are very busy and sometimes reluctant to be observed while practicing medicine. <>/ProcSet [/PDF /Text /ImageB /ImageC /ImageI]/ExtGState<>/Font<>/XObject<>>>/Parent 37 0 R/CropBox[0 0 613.266 811.688]/TrimBox[9 9 604.266 802.688]/MediaBox[0 0 613.247 811.672]>> To make life more challenging, different specialists also tend to use different aspects of the EMR in their work. <>stream As more and more physicians become computer savvy, this problem may diminish. S���n���=r��283��Z/{�A_-r��҃��Ǘ�*m7�d���6;�m�}q+8Ω� 9�֚�����0���oHe{����F��܎���,��;\C6�2�?�H��$h6d��t�k/� +(�D;���(?����GE@)�� ���_w7�����,�C�1oL�)����Ro� Implementing electronic medical records (EMR) systems are a popular solution to reducing costs, with the side benefit of providing better care. Implementing electronic medical records (EMR) systems are a popular solution to reducing costs, with the side benefit of providing better care. ȯ�� 27 0 obj Not far away at Oakland-based Kaiser Health Plan, there were many problems with its implementation of the Clinical Information System (CIS), co-developed with IBM. EN DE; Home Produkte. endstream Those comfortable with dictation will prefer to dictate their notes. If a patient falls ill after-hours, a physician is better able to help if an EMR is available to remotely view the patient’s records. Searching for a procedure or diagnosis can produce useless results. Unfortunately, not all EMRs provide this level of customization. There are also strong correlations between high rates of EMR use and key indicators of clinical care, including access to after-hours care, the use of clinical teams to manage chronically ill patients, and the ability to track medical errors. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52384-2005Mar20.html. Some clinics report that users often need between six and twelve months before they are comfortable using the new technology. In this qualitative improvement study, researchers allocated 38 participants (66% female) to perform tasks in a simulated EHR environment. These stem from the complex interaction of highly skilled physicians trying to complete complex tasks in a challenging work environment with a complex and not always usable medical information system. There are no easy answers to mitigate this complexity. Specifically, Figure 4 shows a task analysis for a doctor of internal medicine who is seeing a patient in an outpatient setting. If someone has diabetes, there is not just one code to describe it but dozens. Others rely on assistants or nursing staff to complete work, either directly (e.g., instructing the nurse to order an MR scan of the patient’s sinuses) or indirectly (e.g., nurses often have standing orders to administer routine tests and immunizations). endobj Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Finally, we suggest directions for EMR designs that better accommodate the needs of physicians. On the way out the door, you stop at the receptionist to write a check for the co-pay on your insurance. Time is not lost searching for the patient’s paper chart because all patient information is electronic. Possible navigation model with multiple levels. on Usability and Electronic Health Records Prepared for: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 540 Gaither Road Rockville, MD 20850 www.ahrq.gov Contract No. 26 0 obj Difficulty finding important information, e.g., Which note is the last full note? endstream ���^G^����`06r�7� endobj This may involve the use of multiple monitors and sophisticated software. ��N��u��,B�����Fu�A3x'�gt�ɫ1.���˪�5�q���x����q>���Q�m5�A��B�}�|vTuD�B]�8 ��������or�y7\�����Kκ��q ��;�kk��3:�·��q���q�dӿTi��$�Ns=�]�h��(��%⧤W����?�i����{�A�Y�'{ٍ' ����~8l�R!al��B����;��݁�'h However, reduced clinician productivity was one of the key causes. Share via Email. The pace of work varies greatly across physicians and clinics, from one patient per hour to six or more patients per hour. American Medical Association (AMA), (2006 October 24). (koͩ endstream endobj He previously started and led the UX group at Cargill. Studies focusing on EMR system safety made no objective assessments and applied only inductive reasoning methods for … The objectives of this study were to (a) review electronic medical record (EMR) and related electronic health record (EHR) interface usability issues, (b) review how EMRs have been evaluated with safety analysis techniques along with any hazard recognition, and (c) formulate design guidelines and a concept for enhanced EMR interfaces with a focus on diagnosis and documentation processes. x�e�� In addition he is a Usability Coach, helping new and seasoned practitioners solve usability problems. Switching between patients then becomes a frequent but time-consuming process. Scott, J. T., Rundall, T. G., Vogt, T. M., Hsu, J. 17 0 obj Medical facilities must invest a considerable amount, often measured in millions of dollars, to setup, maintain, and train people on an EHR. Information Access Division . <>stream 555-571. Some authors warn of excessive training costs with EMRs. <>/Subtype/Link/Type/Annot/Border[0 0 0]/Rect[451.786 91.162 469.361 98.702]>> <>/ProcSet [/PDF /Text /ImageB /ImageC /ImageI]/ExtGState<>/Font<>/XObject<>>>/Parent 37 0 R/CropBox[0 0 613.266 811.688]/TrimBox[9 9 604.266 802.688]/MediaBox[0 0 613.247 811.672]>> 9 0 obj Physicians experience specific usability problems when working with EMRs that cause long training times and loss of productivity. 2�Jr��bE������4��%ڨ+�f�:Mˆ�'� dQ��;eQ{K�Im_j �\tح4�_ܨ�6i�Qt�We?�����*�`�(����w纤�Xb�K��XKMe�$D���F� Bs[Y��ʢ_*Q%�_I����S|F�p|z)ɐ�+�����:�h��5W��Ay\R�޿й�d�R��̜���:��f�l_u��0T��;8cx��9�~Ho?� �N,2���ԛK�J�Wi,%�'���;bRb�֚�'���Z�=X�E� z*�S���2��*��l�S��F7�=2�2���w8��T�#�D�)� H}ϦϢ�sZi�.|u8%��k��T�ӥ�|�.�5/�DȈ.5��Rq�B�}��\����ȗ�r S�\�ܪ�OjⓚD����ӴlH;t���nft��n�Ya��{��ռ�&m�IK�ocD���P4�\N ����$цA�^F�j�pP��g�C�~;WƖ&'W����R�>,� N���KL3��� ’ tasks produce useless results an exam room professionals contribute to the creation of more.. 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