Cover: Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records

Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records

Published in: Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records / Prepared by RAND Corporation under Contract No. HHSA290200600017I, Task Order #5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Rockville, MD., Aug. 2011

by Spencer S. Jones, Ross Koppel, M. Susan Ridgely, Ted E Palen, Shin-Yi Wu, Michael I. Harrison

Read More

Access further information on this document at www.healthit.gov

This study was published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The full text of the study can be found at the link above.

Abstract

The Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records is an online resource designed to help you and your organization anticipate, avoid, and address problems that can occur when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). Our purpose in developing the Guide was to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources. The Guide was developed with all types of health care organizations in mind -- from large hospital systems to solo physician practices. We anticipate that the primary users will be EHR implementers such as Regional Extension Centers, chief information officers, directors of clinical informatics, EHR champions or "super users," administrators, information technology specialists, and clinicians involved in the implementation of an EHR. Frontline EHR users (such as physicians and nurses) may also find the Guide useful. The Guide is based on the research literature, other practice-oriented guides for EHR implementation and use, research by its authors, and interviews with organizations that have recently implemented EHR. The Guide represents a compilation of the known best practices for anticipating, avoiding, and addressing EHR-related unintended consequences. However, this area of research is still in its infancy. Therefore, the Guide is a work in progress.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.