For keith jennings, cio at mass general in boston and his team, this was a big undertaking that included many moving parts. But the focus on ehr usability isnt just to keep epics massive customer base happy. Oct 23, 2017 linkoping, sweden, october 23, 2017 prnewswire ifs, the global enterprise applications company, has released a primary research study that shows a strong relationship between usability of industrial companies enterprise software and their readiness for digital transformation. Electronic health recordelectronic medical record ehremr. Ehr usability test report for epiccare inpatient base. Nov 10, 2015 usability to user experience one of the biggest changes is the shift from a focus on usability to user experience. These products go through vastly different implementation processes with variations in customization and configuration, physician training, and software updates. Primary care doctors spending 6 hours daily on ehr data entry. How scalability, usability hold back ehr interoperability. Once you have planned your test and recruited your test participants, its time to get ready to conduct your test. September 02, 2015 in the competition between leading ehr vendors epic systems and cerner corporation, the most recent clashes have centered on the approach each has taken in advancing ehr. Individual help in using epic that is provided by super users, epic team members and staff from epic the software vendor for epic during golive and for a period of time post golive. According to the company, hospitals that use its software held medical records of 54% of patients in the united states and 2.
Epic staff conducted a usability study of the august 2018 version of epiccare inpatient base1 in february. Report based on nistir 7742 customized common industry format template for electronic health record usability testing. Human factors and usability for health information technology. Different users of the same software experienced different results, largely as a. Nurses in one hospital conducted a live environment heuristic evaluation usability study of their ehr interface after implementation, because of user dissatisfaction harrington et al. The usability testing attempted to represent realistic exercises and conditions. Effect of pimobendan in dogs with preclinical myxomatous mitral valve disease and cardiomegaly. Epic has the most complete, easy to use functionality, not just for individual physician practices, but for implementing. Maintaining ehr usability through testing and optimization. The usability study was conducted on the epic 2018 version of epiccare ambulatory base, which facilitates outpatient care workflows and presents healthcare providers in an ambulatory setting with integrated medical information documented in a single patient chart. Currently, as a software tester at epic, i have widened my duties to include overseeing the creation and implementation of usability studies, editing and proofreading customerfacing documentation.
Its critical that epic software developers understand users requirements, needs, values, and goals. Agile epic and feature specifications product develop. Human factors, usability, and the electronic health record. September 27, 2017 a public appearance by epic systems founder and ceo judy faulkner is always a big event for the health it industry, and nothing is bigger for epic than the electronic health record companys annual user group meeting with 9000 thousand employees and around 8000 users from the us and elsewhere congregating in verona, wisconsin, to hear about whats on epics.
Activity the place where users enter and view data in epic. In humancomputer interaction and computer science, usability studies the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site web usability is designed. Epics weaknesses are vistas strengths healthcare it news. System usability scale scores decreased for 44 percent of ehr vendors from. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usability of the user interface and provide quantitative analysis of the usability of epiccare inpatient. The epic software can also be modified to meet the needs of specific studies. Jun 10, 2014 this is consistent with epics proprietary, onevendorshop, noninteroperability stance. With over,000 articles, healthcare it today is the leading provider of healthcare it news, insight, and analysis. He has managed it departments and led the redesign of many intranets, public web sites, and productivity applications. Machine learning is the ehr usability solution can machine learning, interoperability, and the judy faulkner touch bring joyful usability to electronic health records. Association of the usability of electronic health records. Association of the usability of electronic health records with.
The analysis of an epic ehr monoculture provides a list of the advantages, mixed advantages and disadvantages, and disadvantages of one ehr developer dominating the healthcare industry. A recent survey of 6,000 physicians in seven industrialized countries1 shows that. Epic, cerner, meditech lead klas usability rankings. He also notes that while cerner granted medstar permission to show the ehr usability issues on the new website, epic did not, meaning they had to mimic the issues in a simulated ehr for the campaign. Primary care doctors spending 6 hours daily on ehr data entry ama urged the industry to reexamine ehr usability after a study determined providers spend over half the workday on ehr data entry. We disagree with epics decision since we think full transparency is critically important. Remote usability testing can quickly access insights and novel footings, while simultaneously creating myopic, distorted or biased understandings. All of the products examined in this study were usability tested by cerner or epic corporations, and certified by the oncs accrediting bodies. Use of the epic electronic health record for comprehensive. The system usability scale sus is a reliable tool for measuring the usability. Oct 29, 2015 epic tanks on ehr usability, interoperability scores for eds emergency department ehr users are demanding more interoperability and better usability from their products, but some major vendors arent delivering. It consists of a 10 item questionnaire with five response options for respondents. Developer usability testing performed for certification focuses on. The ehrut tested for this study was practicesuite, version ehr 18.
To do so, youll want to think about which moderating technique is right for your test, set up your space and equipment, and make sure that you do a pilot test prior to testing with actual participants. Epic systems corporation, or epic, is a privately held healthcare software company. Studies have shown an association between ehr usability and safety. A look inside epics ehr design and usability teams.
Study points to need for performance standards for ehr. Epic staff conducted a usability study of the epic 2017 version of the epiccare inpatient ehr suite1 in january 2017 at multiple healthcare organizations. Usability is an attribute of a system or user interface ui. Web designers, app developers and desktop software writers strive to make their interfaces. Cis was ultimately abandoned, and kaiser is now implementing epics emr. The simulated scenarios were iteratively developed and tested by an experienced physician and human factors engineer c. A background report on usability and electronic health records prepared by westat under contract no. Usability evaluation of an ehrs clinical notes interface from the perspective of attending and resident physicians.
Verona, wisconsin janet campbell is a software developer and vice president of patient engagement at epic systems. Epic health research network is a journal for the 21st century, designed for rapid sharing of knowledge with researchers, healthcare professionals, and learners to help solve medical problems. This usability study included realistic scenarios typically. Ehr usability test report for epiccare ambulatory base. Usability evaluation of an ehrs clinical notes interface from the. Dec 16, 2014 new research claims the dominance of epic ehr technology would provide both advantages and disadvantages for ehr usability, interoperability, innovation. Ehr usability test report for practicesuite ehr 18. The latest epic media storm was delivered by a mother. Ehr usability test report for epiccare inpatient ehr suite. Sep 27, 2017 this year, in a magicianthemed extravaganza, epic executives extolled the value of big data analytics for revolutionizing ehr usability and ramping up physician satisfaction as they teased a number of new developments in machine learning, voice recognition, and natural language processing. Is the dominance of epic ehr technology good for healthcare. How to design a comprehensive ehr usability assessment. John is an independent usability consultant and a contract project director with human factors international. Nurse evaluators considered documentation tasks and identified the problem locations, descriptions, and principles violated, assigned severity ratings.
For a company that is notorious for its lack of media interaction, epic systems often finds itself in headlines, for better or for worse. Studies continue to show usability problems of health it. In that role, she is focused on patient portals and engagement features but also on home health and telemedicine. Epic staff conducted a usability study of the epic 2018 version of epiccare ambulatory base1 in february and march 2018 at several healthcare organizations. Making software a joy to use is a high bar, said faulkner to a. Usability includes methods of measuring usability, such as needs analysis and the study of the principles behind an objects perceived efficiency or elegance. Epic health research network is a journal for the 21st century, designed for rapid sharing of knowledge with researchers, healthcare professionals, and learners to help solve medical problems electronic health record data collected over decades, spanning millions of patients, could provide clues to help solve medical problems. The process included functionality and usability testing and. Sierra rittue software quality assurance tester epic. It refers to the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which users can achieve tasks when using a product. Mass general first went live with epic s revenue cycle management system about two and a half years ago. Identifying electronic health record usability and safety. Theoretically, the history of usability studies is compared to that of archaeology as it transitioned from a cultural product focus to a context focus.
Designed to present medical information to healthcare providers in private practices, the ehrut consists of practice management, ehr and medical billing software. Enhancing patient safety and quality of care by improving the. Jul 18, 2018 study points to need for performance standards for ehr usability and safety july 18, 2018 a novel new study provides compelling evidence that the design, development and implementation of electronic health records ehrs need to be improved to make them easier to use by clinicians and, ultimately, safer for patients. Mar 28, 2017 epic staff conducted a usability study of the epic 2017 version of the epiccare inpatient ehr suite1 in january 2017 at multiple healthcare organizations. As part of the healthcare scene media network, our mission is to share practical innovations in, and the best uses of, technology in healthcare. A look inside epics ehr design and usability teams healthcare it. The field of human factors engineering and usability assessment has a rich set of scientific methods, a strong evidence base, and is widely applied effectively in other industries. Epic staff conducted a usability study of the epic 2018 version of epiccare. The process included functionality and usability testing and took approximately 12 weeks to complete. Its critical that epic software developers understand users requirements, needs.
In april of 2016, they went live with epic s clinical systems. The statement that any hospital can interoperate with epics care everywherejust so long as they are an epic institution aptly summarizes this. That means working closely with the usability team as well as the standards and interoperability experts. Epic, cerner, meditech lead klas usability rankings physician leaders have identified epic, cerner and meditech as top performers in the realm of acutecare emr usability, according to the latest. Founded in a basement in 1979, epic develops software to help people get well, help people stay well, and help future generations be healthier. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usability of the user interface and provide quantitative analysis of the usability of epiccare ambulatory. Epic staff conducted a usability study of the may 2019 version of epiccare ambulatory base1 in april and may 2019 at several healthcare organizations. With shared instance of epic, two uc health systems deploy same provider. Ever since the 1980s, theres been a trend toward userfocused software. In our opinion and that of others throughout the health care industry, epic is the best electronic health record ehr system, hands down.1229 168 65 782 366 525 765 1579 227 307 1295 219 866 88 915 1524 792 1184 1231 1047 881 38 1511 725 1029 503 692 958 112 194 1032 109 1226 63 696