Improvement is needed in the accuracy and terminology of food allergy safety warnings in hospitals’ electronic health records (EHR), according to an AHRQ-funded study. Researchers examined more than 158,000 records at two large Boston academic hospitals to determine the accuracy of how food sensitivities were described in their EHR systems. The study found that existing standard terminologies had gaps in food sensitivity definitions and that more precise terminology was needed to improve EHR documentation. “Food Entries in a Large Allergy Data Repository” and abstractwere published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Sep 17. pii: ocv128. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv128. [Epub ahead of print]
Food entries in a large allergy data repository.
Plasek JM1, Goss FR2, Lai KH3, Lau JJ1, Seger DL3, Blumenthal KG4, Wickner PG5, Slight SP6, Chang FY7, Topaz M8, Bates DW8, Zhou L9.
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allergy and immunology; controlled; electronic health records; food hypersensitivity; natural language processing; systematized nomenclature of medicine; vocabulary
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