Date

May 2009

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

M.B.I.

Department

Dept. of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

Abstract

U.S. hospitals are facing the worst nursing shortage in 50 years due in part to an aging workforce. Discussions concerning the impact of the aging nursing workforce have focused on the vacancies that will be created by retirement. However, a less considered impact is that disability prevalence increases with age. Concurrently, the passage of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will accelerate electronic health record (EHR) adoption making the EHR as necessary as the stethoscope in providing patient care. The convergence of these forces should motivate hospitals to better understand electronic health record software accessibility. The motivation should come from a desire to satisfy the “reasonable accommodations” requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to avoid having nurses leaving the workforce prematurely. This study will examine two issues: the understanding and opinions of Inpatient EHR system analysts towards software accessibility and the extent to which three major inpatient electronic health records have accessibility design principles incorporated into the software. The study will begin to shed light on an area of disability accommodation that has yet to be researched. The knowledge gained from this study will inform and guide future research.

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4P848W8

School

School of Medicine

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