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Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians

Dr. Jeff Belden & MD

Macadamian Healthcare Advisory Panel Member, Jeff Belden, releases “Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians” e-book

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians (formerly EHR Usability Style Guide) is a generously illustrated, interactive e-book for health IT developers, whether EHR / PHR / healthcare app software vendors, EHR client organization implementation teams, EHR consultants, or usability professionals. We made this book to be clinically relevant, inspirational, and illustrative, but not prescriptive. Freely available on the web at, it’s available as a PDF version as well.

Written in an accessible, science journalist style, the book was developed in a series of workshops with the support and encouragement of our colleagues of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) Clinician Experience Workgroup. This book was made possible thanks to the generous support of the SHARP-C Project of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the California HealthCare Foundation. The team, based at the University of Missouri-Columbia in partnership with Involution Studios Boston included colleagues from the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston.

We hope to produce a series of similar interactive e-books on related health IT topics.

The content of this book and the code of its prototypes is made available under the Apache 2.0 open source license. This license agreement allows anyone to freely use the code and ideas presented in this book, subject to the conditions listed at


Jeff Belden MD

Project Leader for Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians at
Professor of Clinical Family & Community Medicine
Dept of Family & Community Medicine | School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia
M239 Med Sci Bldg, DC 032.00
Columbia, MO 65212


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Dr. Jeff Belden, MD

A family physician and professor at the University of Missouri, Dr. Belden is the Founding Chair of the HIMSS EMR Usability Task Force. His current areas of focus include user training, implementations, human-computer interaction, and EHR innovation projects at the Tiger Institute, a technology collaborative between the University of Missouri and Cerner Corporation. Dr. Belden has a special interest in improving EHR usability, and the visual display of information. His past experiences in photography, film-making, layout and design, typography, and consulting in healthcare software design inform his approach to user-centered design.