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New AHRQ Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of EHRS

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) released a new online guide to reduce unintended consequences of EHRs. This is how AHRQ describes this new resource:

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 has links to some excellent resources and has support for yet-to-be EHR users as well as current EHR users. For example, the section on how to avoid unintended consequences for current EHR users includes the following list of subtopics:

  • What are some recommended practices for avoiding unintended consequences?
  • How do you monitor EHR usage?
  • How do you survive updates?
  • Each of these sections has several subsections and links to resources.

    Take a look through the guide and post your impressions of it here. Let others in the AmericanEHR community know about any particularly useful resources you find.

    This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP does not endorse a specific EHR brand or product and ACP makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein.

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