Robert Schumacher, Kirsten Jerch
Recently, NIST released guidance NISTIR 7804, "Technical Evaluation, Testing and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records," also known as the EHR Usability Protocol (EUP). The document is part of the NIST Health IT Usability initiative, which is focused on establishing a framework to define and assess the usability of health information technology (HIT). The reason for the initiative is the belief that usability represents a critical yet often overlooked factor affecting the acceptance, adoption, and use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. Simply put, measuring usability of HIT is an essential step toward improving the usability and…
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