Both inpatient and outpatient EHR software is being requested, according to the announcement published in the Federal Register on February 14 (Vol. 77:30, p. 8217).
The agency intends to develop a framework for assessing the usability of health IT and performance-oriented user interface design guidelines for EHRs. NIST may also evaluate instructions; documentation, such as user manuals; and error messages as part of its year-long research project.
Vendors will be privately notified of problems identified by NIST researchers. The deadline for vendors to participate in the program is March 15.
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