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Human Factors, Usability, and the Electronic Health Record

McCartney, Patricia PhD, RNC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 5 - p 333
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000074
ONGOING COLUMNS: Health Information Technology

The process described to evaluate usability of the electronic health record (EHR) does not seem to have been a part of the development of many of the EHRs that nurses use every day, but is needed to improve experience of users and quality of data entered and subsequently reviewed.

Patricia Robin McCartney is the Director of Nursing Research at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, Professor Emerita, State University of New York University at Buffalo, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN. Dr. McCartney can be reached via email at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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