ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHRs) AND PATIENT WORK INFORMATION
Electronic health records (EHRs) are replacing paper medical records in most medical environments, but EHRs typically do not contain information about patient work.
When it is available, healthcare providers can use information about their patients’ work to provide the most appropriate care. In addition, healthcare organizations can use work information to identify groups of patients who may be at risk for harmful exposures or health problems, or who may benefit from specific interventions.
Patient work information in EHRs and other health information systems also can be used to support public health activities, such as case reporting and disease registries. NIOSH develops tools and investigates best practices that support the inclusion of work information in EHRs and collaborates with federal, state and other partners to ensure that EHRs can be used to improve and track the health of workers.
Announcements and News
- The Interoperability Standards Advisory is currently undergoing a comment and review period in advance of the 2018 “Reference Edition” publication. Please visit https://www.healthit.gov/isa/ to learn more and note that industry and occupation vocabulary are referenced.
- The 2018 Public Health Informatics Conference will be August 20-23 in Atlanta.
- The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase demonstrates standard based technology, exchanging in real time health data to support continuity of care and improve outcomes. THE NIOSH EHR workgroup participated in 2017 and will be there again in 2018!
Comments and Suggestions
In order to better serve the public and the scientific and educational communities, all comments and suggestions to improve this site are welcomed. Please also let us know what information from this site was useful to you and why. E-mail us at EHRs_and_Work@CDC.gov.
- Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records
- Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
- American Health Information Management Association-Public Health Data Standards Council (AHIMA-PHDSC)
- IHE International
- Digital Bridge
- CSTE Case Reporting (RCKMS)
- National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS)
- NNDSS Modernization Initiative (NMI)
- Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age
- Page last reviewed: April 2, 2015
- Page last updated: November 20, 2017
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Respiratory Health Division