Macadamian Presents New Electronic Health Record Usability Assessment Tool at HIMSS

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Melanie Rodney PhD, Director of Usability Research at Macadamian and Nancy Staggers PhD, RN, FAAN from the University of Maryland to unveil Usability Maturity self-assessment checklist at HIMSS 2012.

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The decreased individual errors which impact patient safety also accrue to the organization as a whole in delivering positive patient outcomes.
- Dr. Melanie Rodney

Macadamian, a global leader in user experience design and software development, will be presenting at HIMSS 2012, the largest worldwide annual healthcare IT conference, taking place February 20-24 in Las Vegas. Melanie Rodney PhD, Director of Usability Research at Macadamian and Nancy Staggers PhD, RN, FAAN from the University of Maryland, in conjunction with HIMSS, will be outlining their unique online self-assessment checklist, with which hospitals and health institutions can determine their level of "usability maturity” in relation to their EHR (electronic health record) technologies.

The self-assessment checklist asks a series of questions regarding current usability awareness and practices within a healthcare organization. It provides an assessment of the current level of usability maturity along with suggested actions for improvement. The checklist is intended to assist organizations in working towards future stages of the ONC Meaningful Use EHR adoption initiative, which provides guidelines for standardized EHR functionality criteria required for providers to achieve certification, quality reporting and incentive payments.

“EHR usability is vital to health provider organizations. At the individual level, easier to use EHRs support enhanced effectiveness and efficiency by increasing productivity, decreasing errors and improving cognitive support,” said Dr. Rodney. “At the organizational level, increased data efficiencies are correlated to cost reductions, and it should be noted that the decreased individual errors which impact patient safety also accrue to the organization as a whole in delivering positive patient outcomes.”

  •     When: Wednesday February 22, 1:00 p.m.
  •     Where: Room Lando 4303, Venetian Sands Expo Convention Center

The assessment survey tool corresponds with the health organization usability maturity model previously released by Rodney and Staggers, in conjunction with HIMSS, in early 2011. The model was detailed in a significant whitepaper, explaining the fundamentals of Usability Maturity in the context of hospitals.

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Macadamian is a global leader in software product creation providing a complete range of product strategy, user experience design and software engineering services to clients around the world, including healthcare industry leaders such as Cardinal Health, Elsevier, Varian Medical and Vitera. For established and emerging technologies and platforms, Macadamian has a track record of helping clients create successful products on a complete range of desktop, web and mobile platforms. Additional information is available at http://www.macadamian.com.

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