Health informatics professional preaches product usability

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Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), recently said that his office must work with the National Institute of Standard and Technology to ensure usability of electronic health records (EHRs), Fierce Health IT reports.

Mostashari told the news outlet that the goal of the ONC will be transparency as it works to create a better way to measure the usability of EHRs and give providers more opportunity to market the convenience of their product.

The health informatics professional also discussed the Health IT Policy Committee, which makes recommendations to the ONC about the use and certification of EHRs. Mostashari said that he doubts that the committee will make EHR vendors pass a test in order to be certified. They will more likely work to give these individuals guidance on what to focus on in order to ensure that their products are easy for their clients to use.

As more facilities use tools such as EHRs, it is becoming more important to discuss the future of health informatics. According to the ONC, the office has already certified 500 EHR products to be used across the country.