Health IT developers should consider creating new EHR functionality that supports goal-directed healthcare rather than problem-oriented healthcare, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Department of Family and Preventative Medicine.

In the study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers made a case for innovating a new EHR design that highlights life and health goals as top priorities to help healthcare providers deliver truly comprehensive patient care that focuses on the full scope of health and wellness.

Current EHR functionality primarily supports a problem-oriented, fee-for-documentation-based health system. This EHR design is not conducive to supporting the goals, needs, and values of patients and clinicians, researchers argued. ….more