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Special Requirements of Electronic Medical Record Systems in Obstetrics and Gynecology

McCoy, Michael J. MD; Diamond, Anne M. MS; Strunk, Albert L. JD, MD; for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Ambulatory Practice Operations

Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181e1328c
Current Commentary
Abstract

There is growing recognition of the importance and potential benefit of information technology and electronic medical records in providing quality care for women. Incorporation of obstetrician–gynecologist-specific requirements by electronic medical record vendors is essential to achieve appropriate electronic medical record functionality for obstetrician-gynecologists. Obstetricians and gynecologists record and document patient care in ways that are unique to medicine. Current electronic medical record systems are often limited in their usefulness for the practice of obstetrics and gynecology because of the absence of obstetrician–gynecologist specialty-specific requirements and functions. The Certification Commission on Health Information Technology is currently the only federally recognized body for certification of electronic medical record systems. As Certification Commission on Health Information Technology expands the certification criteria for electronic medical records, the special requirements identified in this report will be used as a framework for developing obstetrician–gynecologist specialty-specific criteria to be incorporated into the Certification Commission on Health Information Technology endorsement for electronic medical records used by obstetrician–gynecologists.

In Brief

Obstetrician–gynecologists have unique functional requirements in electronic medical record systems that must be delineated.

Author Information

From Physician Technology Services, Nashville, Tennessee; and the Department of Health Economics and Fellowship Activities, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

Corresponding author: Michael J. McCoy, MD, FACOG, Physician Technology Services, 330 Lynnwood Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37205; e-mail: mmccoy@PhysicianTechnologyServices.com.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2010 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.