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New Guidance for Pediatric Electronic Health Records Available From NIST

According to the authors, the usability of EHR systems has been identified as an important factor in patient safety. Nevertheless, the adoption of EHRs by providers specializing in pediatric patient care has lagged behind adoption by general population providers.

The new publication highlights unique user interactions that are important for providing pediatric care with the support of an EHR and provides guidance from the human-factor literature to increase usability.

Key recommendations include:

  • Display information in menu items and on charts or graphs without truncating critical information, including doses and measurement units
  • Support one-click access to the growth chart in the standard display format
  • Eliminate automated changes to adult doses for medication orders
  • Protect against ordering medications in the wrong units, which could result in tenfold or higher dosing errors

The new guide was developed with the help of experts in pediatrics, human-factor engineering, usability, and informatics.

For more information, visit the NIST Web site.

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