electronic health records


Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide, 2cd Edition

Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide, 2cd Edition Co-published by HIMSS, the Scottsdale Institute, AMIA, AMDIS and SHM, this second edition of the authoritative guide to CDS implementation has been substantially enhanced with expanded and updated guidance on using CDS interventions to improve care delivery and outcomes. […]


As congressional action looms, eminent informaticists define EHR interoperability

Fortunately, it looks as though we may have the basis of a definition of “open records,” aka interoperability, from two noted medical informaticians, Dean Sittig, professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston; and Adam Wright, a senior scientist in the general medicine division […]


What makes an EHR “open” or interoperable?

We have identified 5 use cases that comprise a useful definition of an “open or interoperable electronic health record (EHR).” Each of these use cases represents important functionality that should be available to 1) clinicians, so they can provide safe and effective health care; 2) researchers, so they can advance […]


HISTalk: Defining Our Terms: Does Anyone Know What an “Open EHR” Really Is?

A JAMIA article by Dean Sittig and Adam Wright proposes use cases of exactly what determines whether a given EHR is “open” or “interoperable,” which hopefully will squelch the bleating of robotic vendor CEOs who insist on abusing the term to mean “whatever we’re selling at the moment.” The authors […]


Engineering Computerized Multiphasic Screening: An Interview with Morris F. Collen

Dr. Morris Collen was an internationally respected leader in medical informatics and a pioneer in electronic medical record systems. INTERVIEWED BY DEAN F. SITTIG AUGUST 1, 2005 OAKLAND, CA From his time as a young doctor administering to Henry J. Kaiser’s shipyard workers in Richmond, Calif., in 1942, to many decades of work in research and medical informatics, […]


SAFER EHRs: A Video Introduction to the SAFER Guides

A short video created by Westat for the ONC that describes the SAFER Guides which are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas: High Priority Practices, Organizational Responsibilities, Contingency Planning, System Configuration, System Interfaces, Patient Identification, […]