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.

Dr. Thomas McGinn, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine will serve as a Guest Editor for this special issue, which will share lessons learned based on the experiences and perspectives of leaders and innovators who are developing and deploying user-friendly HIT interfaces.

The submission period is now closed. Accepted publications will be posted starting January/February 2015. For questions about the special issue, please contact Nina.Bhattacharya@academyhealth.org.

Invited Perspectives and Topics

  • Proposed conceptual models, frameworks, or protocols for developing of user-friendly HIT interfaces OR that describe innovative methods for usability testing, EHR-based tools, webpages, mobile applications or databases.
  • Research case studies demonstrating the impact of a tool with high adoption rates on patient outcomes OR the impact of a user interface that demonstrates improved process outcomes (adoption, satisfaction) as a result of pilot or usability testing.
  • Comparative case studies demonstrating the impact of various tools and comparing implementation approaches across sites.
  • Questions?

    Please visit the eGEMs Instructions for Authors.


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