Eighty four health care professionals participated in an online survey assessing the usability, and clinical and administrative impact of the Idaho Health Data Exchange’s (IHDE) Virtual Health Record (VHR). The IHDE VHR allows authorized users to use a secure web interface to view lab, radiology and transcribed reports from multiple facilities and view medical histories on patients in the data exchange. Results indicate the usability of the IHDE VHR was almost universally positively rated with the Software Usability Measurement Inventory (SUMI) utilized as the assessment method. Medical providers however had the lowest rating of the exchange, raising concerns about the need for additional training and support. The addition of other Idaho health care organizations to the health data exchange was most widely desired, with the most frequently cited benefit being more comprehensive access to patients’ records. In contrast to other published evaluations of health data exchanges in the U.S., few of the concerns emerged about cost of implementation of the data exchange or trust in the quality of information contained therein.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Medical Systems, published by Springer. The final publication is available at link.springer.com. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1007/s10916-016-0445-1
Reis, Janet; MacKenzie, Lisa; Soelberg, Terri; and Smith, Jennifer. (2016). "Assessment of the Usability and Impact of the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE)". Journal of Medical Systems, 40(4), 102-1 – 102-7.