Safety-enhanced Design

EHR Safety-enhanced design (§170.315.g.3) (aka Usability) Testing for ONC 2015 Certification

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has made several enhancements to the Safety-enhanced (aka usability) testing portion of the certification criteria.

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that, in part, is based upon compliance with certain rules. The following describes what is required to obtain the ONC 2015 Edition Certification for Safety-enhanced Design (§170.315.g.3) for an EHR.

Violent video games, Explicit lyrics and the Usability of Health IT

Back in the 1980s Tipper Gore. Susan Baker, and several others created the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) with the intent of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes. They used their influence as “Washington Wifes” to push for regulation of the music industry. By 1985, 19 record companies agreed to put "Parental Guidance: Explicit Lyrics" labels on albums to warn consumers of explicit lyrical content.

Get ready for the ONC 2015 Certification for Safety-enhanced Design.

The Usability People provide real value to your team by promoting and embracing the User-centered Design approach that has been shown to have a 10 to 100 times ROI.

Is your EHR ready for the new features that are required to be evaluated for Safety-enhanced Design?

We can design a satisfying user experience with usable interfaces to the many new required EHR features that have been identified in the 2015 Certification criteria, such as:

    § 170.315(a)(20) Implantable device list

When your system is ready, we provide a cost-effective and complete summative usability evaluation that is suitable for submission to your ATCB (Drummond, Infoguard, ISCA Labs, etc.).

We will conduct usability testing for the Safety-enhanced Design portion of the ONC 2015 Certification (aka Meaningful Use Stage 3) and create a report to your ATCB.

The Usability People would welcome the opportunity to work with you on improving the Usability of Healthcare IT. Together we may save a life!

Information Blocking and EHRs

You never know who you might be sitting next to!

An ounce of prevention -- is worth a pound of cure

Residents in the commonwealth of Virginia must take their car for a “safety inspection” each year. The test criteria is published by the state and it is fairly easy to determine in advance if your car is going to pass the inspection. Before you take your car for inspection, first you make sure that all lights are functional, the tires all have proper tread, the windshield wipers are working, etc. If you find anything, you make a small fix BEFORE going to the inspection station and will save the hassle of dealing with a failed test. An ounce of prevention.

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