Recognizing that issues with workflow integration have contributed to slow rates of electronic health records adoption in healthcare settings such as ambulatory outpatient care, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a report on integrating EHR into clinical workflow with recommendations for developers and outpatient care centers.
The recommendations for improving workflow integration with EHRs are meant to increase efficiency, allow for better eye contact between the physician and patient, improve physicians information workflow, and reduce alert fatigue. In addition, the recommendations cover scenarios such as supporting tasks accomplished over multiple interactions with an EHR by multiple users, for example, a nurse practitioner drafting medication orders that are verified and completed by a physician.
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