Volume 3, Issue 2 (2015) Evidence into Action: Improving User Interface to Improve Patient Outcomes

Federal government, policy groups and academics are hopeful health information technology (HIT) tools will be the gateway to improving patient outcomes and quality of care. Indeed, it is promising that electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical decision support tools (CDS) are rapidly be implemented in hospitals and clinics nationwide. Yet implementing EHR and CDS tools into complex health care systems and clinical workflow continues to be challenging, with poor integration of these systems into clinical workflow substantially reducing adoption and use. It is believed that thoughtful systems engineering approaches, including consideration of user experience and improvements in user interface, can greatly improve the ability of CDS tools to reach their potential to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.

This special issue will share lessons learned based on the experiences and perspectives of leaders and innovators who are developing and deploying user-friendly HIT interfaces.

Papers accepted to the special issue will be published on a rolling basis beginning in March 2015.



Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes into Spine Surgical Care through Visual Dashboards: Lessons Learned from Human-Centered Design
Andrea L. Hartzler, Shomir Chaudhuri, Brett C. Fey, David R. Flum, and Danielle Lavallee
Mar 2015, Vol. 3, Iss. 2


Using Qualitative Methods to Create a Home Health Web Application User Interface for Patients with Low Computer Proficiency
Rosa R. Baier, Emily Cooper, Andrea Wysocki, Stefan Gravenstein, and Melissa Clark
May 2015, Vol. 3, Iss. 2


EHR-based Visualization Tool: Adoption Rates, Satisfaction, and Patient Outcomes
Randi E. Foraker, Bobbie Kite, Marjorie Kelley, Albert M. Lai, Caryn Roth, Marcelo A. Lopetegui, Abigail B. Shoben, Michael Langan, Nicole Rutledge, and Philip R.O. Payne
Jun 2015, Vol. 3, Iss. 2


Back to the Bedside: Developing a Bedside Aid for Concussion and Brain Injury Decisions in the Emergency Department
Edward R. Melnick, Kevin Lopez, Erik P. Hess, Fuad Abujarad, Cynthia A. Brandt, Richard N. Shiffman, and Lori A. Post
Jun 2015, Vol. 3, Iss. 2


Thomas McGinn, MD, MPH
Chair of Medicine
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine