The next-generation electronic health record: Perspectives of key leaders from the US department of veterans affairs

Jason J. Saleem, Mindy E. Flanagan, Nancy R. Wilck, Jim Demetriades, Bradley N. Doebbeling

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Abstract

The rapid change in healthcare has focused attention on the necessary development of a next-generation electronic health record (EHR) to support system transformation and more effective patient-centered care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is developing plans for the next-generation EHR to support improved care delivery for veterans. To understand the needs for a next-generation EHR, we interviewed 14 VA operational, clinical and informatics leaders for their vision about system needs. Leaders consistently identified priorities for development in the areas of cognitive support, information synthesis, teamwork and communication, interoperability, data availability, usability, customization, and information management. The need to reconcile different EHR initiatives currently underway in the VA, as well as opportunities for data sharing, will be critical for continued progress. These findings may support the VA's effort for evolutionary change to its information system and draw attention to necessary research and development for a next-generation information system and EHR nationally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e175-e177
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Volume20
Issue numberE1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 28 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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