Poorly designed electronic health records (EHRs) are common, and research shows poor design consequences include clinician burnout, diagnostic error, and even patient harm. One of the major difficulties of EHR design is the visual display of information, which aims to present information in an easily digestible form for the user. High-risk industries like aviation, automotive, and nuclear have guidelines for visual displays based on human factors principles for optimised design.
In this study, Pruitt et al. reviewed the visual display guidelines from three high-risk industries—automotive, aviation, nuclear—for their applicability to EHR design and safety.