EHR Certification Lacking Usability Factor, Doctors Say

Federal health officials overseeing standards for electronic health records systems should revise system certification criteria to take usability concerns into account, the American Medical Association and other physician organizations said in comments on a proposed regulation.

In general, organized medicine supports a proposed federal framework for certification of EHRs. In particular, the AMA and others were pleased that the Health and Human Services Dept. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology outlined basic criteria and placed more emphasis on patient safety.

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