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December 25, 2018

Improving Electronic Health Record Usability and Safety Requires Transparency

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar Health, Washington, DC
  • 2American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;320(24):2533-2534. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.14079

Over the last 9 years the US health care system has undergone an unprecedented transition from paper-based clinical record keeping to electronic health records (EHRs). This transition, incentivized by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act passed in 2009, has many potential benefits for clinicians and patients, including improved efficiency, quality, and safety for many clinical processes.1