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Research & EHR Synergy

Considering Human Factors in the VA EHR Transition

by April Savoy, PhD ; Michael Weiner, MD, MPH ; Scott Wiltz, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Seminar date: 2/23/2022
Seminar time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
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Description: During this session, we will discuss Human Factors as a field and its relevance to EHR transitions. Human Factors is a body of knowledge about human abilities, limitations, and other characteristics that are relevant to design. Human factors engineering is the application of human factors information to the design of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe, comfortable, and effective use. Presenters will discuss approaches to improve the VA EHR transition supported by research and operational partnerships. For example, we will demonstrate how the User-centered Design Process can be used to identify and translate clinicians’ needs into foundational evidence for the EHR transition and implementation of future health information technology. We will highlight the use of simulation to enhance clinicians’ experience as an effective method in Human Factors Engineering. Operational partners from SimLEARN will describe their latest efforts extending the benefits of simulation to improve workflow, end-user adoption, and Veteran experience related to the EHR transition. Lastly, we will present research opportunities and collaborations that could contribute to effective VA EHR modernization efforts.

Intended audience for the session: This session is intended for researchers, clinicians, operational partners, administrators, and fellows.


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