Health information technology: integration of clinical workflow into meaningful use of electronic health records

Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2010 Oct 1;7(Fall):1d.


This article examines the role that clinical workflow plays in successful implementation and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology in ambulatory care. The benefits and barriers of implementing EHRs in ambulatory care settings are discussed. The researchers conclude that widespread adoption and meaningful use of EHR technology rely on the successful integration of health information technology (HIT) into clinical workflow. Without successful integration of HIT into clinical workflow, clinicians in today's ambulatory care settings will continue to resist adoption and implementation of EHR technology.

Keywords: ambulatory care; clinical workflow; electronic health record (EHR); health information technology (HIT); meaningful use; productivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / organization & administration
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S.
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Electronic Health Records / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medical Informatics / organization & administration*
  • United States