Everyone has responsibilities when it comes to electronic health records (EHRs). This technology is likely used in your own care—and in the care of those you love. Additionally, those in policymaking, healthcare, and health information technology professions can—and must—take even more distinct actions to improve usability and safety.
The pages below will help you understand the role or roles you can play in leveraging the benefits of EHRs, helping ensure their safety and usability, and advancing this technology’s potential to further transform health care.
EHRs can empower patients and caregivers to track and verify, and possibly even improve and coordinate, their care. By taking a proactive role in using this technology and advocating for its safety and usability, everyone can help EHRs reach their incredible potential.
There has long been bipartisan support for increasing the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs given the many benefits of this technology. Now more than ever, we need government leaders to call for and ensure specific actions to further EHR safety and usability. True progress is not taking place without policymakers’ engagement—and patient harm and clinician burnout are real risks.
Clinicians have a front-row seat to witnessing how EHRs are transforming, and sometimes hindering, patient care. There are many ways they can help make this technology better before, during, and after its implementation.
As everyone looks ahead to the next decade of EHR possibilities, vendors can employ user-centered design, rigorously test EHRs leveraging resources other stakeholders have created to help, support the sharing of safety and usability information, and so much more. Together we can keep elevating this technology and its outcomes.