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IOM Releases Letter Report on Occuptional Information and EHRs

On September 29, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), with the sponsorship of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), released a letter report regarding “Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records.”

The report describes radiation exposure to be among the most useful, but also the most difficult, occupational data to obtain.  It indicates that for information related to occupational exposures (chemical, physical, or radiation), clinicians can be linked to general resources; however, the value of resources that are not seamlessly incorporated into the clinician’s workflow is questioned.  The report mentions that HL7 standards exist for context-aware information retrieval that would allow technology to associate an exposure with an item in the work history, which can then be pulled into clinical decision support.

To access the report, please visit the IOM’s website.

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