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.

All manuscripts must be received by September 30, 2014.

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Why Submit?

  • Participate in important and timely discussions about new methods.
  • Papers will be reviewed by peers who have experience working with EHR systems and are knowledgeable about the practical aspects of user interface and HIT.a.
  • Achieve a broad readership enabled by free, open access to publications. In the past year, eGEMs publications have been downloaded more than 20,000 times!

  • 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. For other questions about the special issue, please contact Nina.Bhattacharya@academyhealth.org.


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

Submission Instructions

To submit your manuscript:
  1. Go to the submission form. (Note: You may be prompted to log-in or create a free account to access the form.)
  2. When prompted, select the issue type “Special Issue: CDS/UX” on the drop-down menu.
  3. Complete your submission by filling out the remaining required fields, uploading your document, and clicking 'Submit.'

For formatting and other guidelines, please see Instructions for Authors.