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Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians eBook

eBook now available online!

In partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation, SHARPC co-funded a project to produce an eBook called Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians (formerly the EHR Usability Style Guide) . The purpose was to develop an interactive, illustrated style guide designed to enhance EHR usability by recommending common user interface elements for key features such as:

  • The medication list
  • Allergy list
  • Medication reconciliation
  • E-prescribing
  • Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
  • Drug interaction and allergy alerts, and
  • Clinical decision support

The vendor community participated in iterative feedback opportunities. The intended audience is health IT developers, whether EHR / PHR / healthcare app software vendors, EHR client organization implementation teams, EHR consultants, and usability professionals. 

Written in an accessible, science journalist style, the book was developed in a series of workshops with the support and encouragement of colleagues from the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) Clinician Experience Workgroup. The team, based at the University of Missouri-Columbia in partnership with Involution Studios Boston included colleagues from the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston.

Click for the freely available ebook in web and PDF versions. The e-book is publicly available and will be distributed to EHR vendors through the cooperation of their trade organization, the HIMSS EHR Association.

Prior presentations

Follow this link to find a recorded Webinar sponsored by the HIMSS HIT Usability Community that was presented November 18, 2013. 

Please see an introductory slide deck about the project to the EHRA Clinician Experience Workgroup from October 18, 2013.

Please note:The content provided here are intended as guidelines (recommended, but not mandatory) for design and implementation, not as standards (mandatory, minimum requirements). SHARPC Logo