journal of the american medical informatics association


Cross-vendor evaluation of key user-defined clinical decision support capabilities: A scenario-based assessment of certified electronic health records with guidelines for future development

Objective Clinical decision support (CDS) is essential for delivery of high-quality, cost-effective, and safe healthcare. The authors sought to evaluate the CDS capabilities across electronic health record (EHR) systems. Methods We evaluated the CDS implementation capabilities of 8 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Authorized Certification Body […]


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 […]


Arthur Allen in Politico Morning eHealth: Software Act Could Create Safety Problems

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that the laboratory graphs displayed by many commercial electronic health records present information in potentially dangerous ways and could create serious safety problems. The authors urged ONC to stringently oversee testing of the software. Read the complete article: […]


Key principles for a national clinical decision support knowledge sharing framework: synthesis of insights from leading subject matter experts

OBJECTIVE: To identify key principles for establishing a national clinical decision support (CDS) knowledge sharing framework. MATERIALS AND METHODS: As part of an initiative by the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to establish a framework for national CDS knowledge sharing, key stakeholders were identified. Stakeholders’ […]


Development and evaluation of a comprehensive clinical decision support taxonomy: comparison of front-end tools in commercial and internally-developed electronic health record systems

BACKGROUND: Clinical decision support (CDS) is a valuable tool for improving healthcare quality and lowering costs. However, there is no comprehensive taxonomy of types of CDS and there has been limited research on the availability of various CDS tools across current electronic health record (EHR) systems. OBJECTIVE: To develop and […]