Monday, August 13, 2007

AAP Notes Special Functions for Pediatric EHR Systems

A new report in the American Academy of Pediatrics' journal Pediatrics explains that while clinical information systems, such as electronic health records, typically are designed for adult care, unique functionality requirements are needed to support pediatric care. The report includes EHR functions for pediatrics in areas such as:

* Immunization management;
* Growth tracking;
* Medication dosing;
* Patient identification;
* Norms of pediatric measurement data changing over time;
* Privacy;
* Pediatric terminology; and
* Accuracy of the data being collected and presented.

Electronic medical records functions should enable the registration of infants without Social Security numbers and support a temporary and prenatal identifier that links to the postnatal record, according to the report. EHRs also should support changes in an infant's name and the retrieval of data when previous names are searched, the report said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has previously published a policy statement on the rationale and functionality requirements for electronic prescribing systems for pediatrics.

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