EHR Intelligence September 23, 2022
Hannah Nelson

Stakeholders should improve EHR usability and develop new, standardized EHR data elements to document and assess care communication and coordination.

Efforts to optimize EHR usability for patients, caregivers, and clinicians are necessary to improve care coordination, according to a National Quality Forum (NQF) report.

With funding from CMS, NQF convened a multistakeholder committee to identify opportunities to measure and improve care communication and coordination using EHRs.

The report outlines five recommendations to make EHRs more useful in measuring and identifying areas for improvement:

  • Collect and share standardized data
  • Optimize EHR usability for patients and caregivers
  • Optimize EHR usability for clinicians
  • Develop novel EHR data elements to improve measurement
  • Leverage EHR data to fill measurement gaps

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