AMIA's 14 Usability Principles for EMR Design

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The American Medical Informatics Association Task Force on Usability has laid out 14 usability principles for the design of electronic medical records as part of its report on enhancing patient safety by improving usability of EHR systems in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

The principles, according to the AMIA, are:

1. Consistency — Design consistency and standards utilization   
2. Visibility — System state visibility   
3. Match — System and world match   
4. Minimalism — Minimalist design   
5. Memory — Memory load minimization   
6. Feedback — Informative feedback   
7. Flexibility — Flexible and customizable system   
8. Message — Useful error messages
9. Error — Use error prevention
10. Closure — Clear closure
11. Reversibility — Reversible actions
12. Language — User language utilization
13. Control — User control
14. Documentation — Help and documentation

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AMIA's 14 Usability Principles for EMR Design


The American Medical Informatics Association Task Force on Usability has laid out 14 usability principles for the design of electronic medical records as part of its report on enhancing patient safety by improving usability of EHR systems in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.


The principles, according to the AMIA, are:


1. Consistency — Design consistency and standards utilization     

2. Visibility — System state visibility           

3. Match — System and world match           

4. Minimalism — Minimalist design  

5. Memory — Memory load minimization    

6. Feedback — Informative feedback           

7. Flexibility — Flexible and customizable system  

8. Message — Useful error messages

9. Error — Use error prevention

10. Closure — Clear closure

11. Reversibility — Reversible actions

12. Language — User language utilization

13. Control — User control

14. Documentation — Help and documentation


More Articles on EMR Usability:

10 Recommendations to Improve Usability of EHRs

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/10-recommendations-to-improve-usability-of-ehrs.html

5 Ways to Improve EHRs for Pediatric Providers

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/5-ways-to-improve-ehrs-for-pediatric-providers.html

HIMSS Responds to Draft Guidance on Testing EHR Usability

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/himss-responds-to-draft-guidance-on-testing-ehr-usability.html


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