Safety Considerations in EHR Design

David M. Liebovitz, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine University of Chicago Medicine Chicago, IL
$25 Members; $50 Non-members
Estimated Time Expected to Complete Activity: 
1 hour

May be used to satisfy ABPM patient safety requirement for clinical informatics diplomates.

Reviewed and Re-released: February 21, 2020
Expiration date: February 21, 2021
(Initial certification term: January 14, 2019 to February 21, 2020)

Most clinical care decisions in the US now occur in the context of electronic health records (EHRs). There are a number of standard default settings that EHRs provide in terms of content and design build. However, despite the flexibility in design provided by EHRs that allows sites to implement systems with varying levels of safety redundancy, there is still risk that EHRs may fail to prevent, or even cause, patient harm.

This online course emphasizes design considerations in the EHR with practical examples to improve attention to design details and incorporate redundancy and signal detection that will improve patient safety without compromising efficiency.

Target audience: Board-certified clinical informaticians and other informatics professionals

Faculty Information

Dr. Liebovitz is UChicago Medicine’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program Director and the Executive Medical Director for Informatics Education and Innovation. His research focuses on improving electronic medical records in areas of patient safety, health care quality, and usability. His work has included approaches to improve clinician cognitive support, automated learning strategies to enhance patient privacy, and specific decision support tools for medication safety, laboratory result reporting and problem lists. He created “Safety Considerations in EHR Design” because he felt that sharing some of his experiences through a safety lens could be helpful to others when addressing EHR optimization challenges.

Learning Objective

After participating in this CME/MOC-II internet enduring material, the learner should be better able to:

  • incorporate design principles and lessons from given examples to improve the safety of EHRs in the clinical setting

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPM MOC-II Activity Approval

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 1 LLSA credit towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

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