The American Academy of Pediatrics served as a subcontractor to Westat on a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a model electronic health record (EHR) format designed to meet the needs of providers who treat children. Not intended to develop an actual electronic health record, the project was intended to provide direction on the functional requirements that an EHR should meet to perform optimally for the particular needs of children.
The final format is a set of instructions for EHR vendors that define functionality and data standard requirements that are essential to pediatrics. The functional requirements include detailed descriptions of data elements, functions, and specifications required of an EHR system to support recording, processing, decision support, and reporting upon patient encounters. It is expected that EHR vendors will incorporate these components into their system in order to be better prepared to take care of children.
The intent is that the model format be broadly disseminated, adopted by EHR vendors, and easily integrated into their products. Pediatricians can use the model format to advocate for improved pediatric specific functionality within their EHR systems.
View the AHRQ press release.