Innovation in the pediatric electronic health record to realize a more effective platform.

TitleInnovation in the pediatric electronic health record to realize a more effective platform.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsJenssen BP, Thayer J, Nekrasova E, Grundmeier RW, Fiks AG
JournalCurr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care
Date Published2021 Dec 08

Commercial electronic health records (EHRs) were first developed to automate business processes. As EHRs developed, design principles focused on transferring existing paper-based documentation to comparable electronic forms. In addition, a strong industry focus on adult healthcare settings and quality measures has limited attention and resources for high priority EHR functionality needed for the unique health care of children. The objective of this paper is to provide a review of innovation in the EHR, that includes a variety of established and emerging technologies that may help realize a more effective EHR in child health settings. A more effective EHR would serve as an electronic hub. Existing EHR infrastructure could provide the foundation upon which new technologies and approaches branch and extend, enabling more rapid and customizable innovation to better meet shifting stakeholder and end-user needs. Among many areas for improvement, key goals of innovation could include technology that relieves ambulatory primary care clinician documentation burden, identifies needs, and supports improved care coordination and outcomes, focused on the following key areas: identification of child and family care needs, decision support, documentation, care coordination, and family communication.

Alternate JournalCurr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care
PubMed ID34895836