A committee of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has identified a set of 8 core care delivery functions that electronic health records (EHR) systems should be capable of performing in order to promote greater safety, quality and efficiency in health care delivery.
Detailed in a new report, this list of key capabilities will be used by Health Level Seven (HL7), one of the world's leading developers of healthcare standards, to devise a common industry standard for EHR functionality that will guide the efforts of software developers.
The eight core functions are
- health information and data,
- result management,
- order management,
- decision support,
- electronic communication and connectivity,
- patient support,
- administrative processes and reporting,
- Reporting and population health.
The report was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is one part of a public and private collaborative effort to advance the adoption of EHR systems.