MER-014: Principles of Electronic Health Record Design, Implementation and Policy
Principles of Electronic Health Record Design, Implementation and Policy: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following Electronic Health Record (EHR) principles regarding its design, implementation and policy.
- The use of an EHR should add value for the patient.
- The primary function of an EHR is clinical care.
Health care professionals
- The use of an EHR should improve, or at a minimum not reduce, the well-being of health care workers.
- The use of an EHR should align the work with the training of the worker.
- The EHR is a shared information platform for individual and population health.
- The use of an EHR should minimize waste.
- Electronic workflows should align with clinical work.
- Various methods of communication, including nonelectronic forms, will be necessary for optimal patient care.
- Sufficient resources should be available for the new work associated with the advanced use of an EHR.
- Policies around EHR use should reflect the strength of the evidence base supporting them.
- Regulatory balance between often competing values (i.e., clinical quality vs. security or efficiency vs. performance measurement) should be sought. (HOD, 0415)
Regulation and payment