National Institute of Standards and Technology Releases Draft on Testing EHR Usability

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft guidance document (pdf) called "Technical Evaluation, Testing and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records."

The document explains the need for an Electronic Health Record Usability Protocol for evaluating EHRs' user interface from clinical and human factors best practices perspectives and conducting validation studies of EHR user interfaces.  

NIST proposed a three-step process for evaluating the design and testing human user performance of the EHR:

1. Usability/human factors analysis of the application during EHR user interface development.

2. Expert review/analysis of the EHR user interface after it is designed/developed.

3. Testing of the EHR user interface with users.

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