Integrate Bright Futures Into Your Electronic Health Record System

​​​The electronic health record (EHR) can be a critical component of your practice's quality improvement efforts. Integrating the Bright Futures Guidelines into your EHR system can ensure that your patients receive all Bright Futures-recommended preventive services, screens, and tests.  

Incorporating Bright Futures recommendations into your EHR system also has financial benefits, because the system ensures that staff members provide documentation to support billing, including developmental screens such as ASQ and MCHAT. Moreover, EHR documentation can be useful when completing the American Board of Pediatrics Performance in Practice (Part 4) component of Maintenance of Certification requirements.  

Some practices already have incorporated Bright Futures components into their EHR systems. The AAP provides assistance, tools, and advocacy to support all members in successfully adopting and using an EHR system in a variety of pediatric care settings. To incorporate Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit forms into an EHR system, please contact institutions@aap.org.

 The AAP Child Health Informatics Center Resources

The AAP formed the Council on Clinical Information Technology to develop the Child Health Informatics Center (CHIC). CHIC supports the development of health information technology and pediatricians' use of EHR systems. The Center offers EHR tools, including an Electronic Medical Record Review site that gives you reviews of EHR systems so that you can compare products and find out where products are being used. You can even post a review on the site to help other providers. This AAP member-maintained Web site requires acceptance of a disclaimer statement.

CHIC also offers health information technology Webinars including this 2014 Webinar:

Children's EHR Format: New Enhancements and Real Ways to Use It
Presenter: Erin Grace, MHA
Chief, Health IT Translation and Senior Advisor for Rural and Community Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Moderator: Christoph Lehmann, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, AAP Child Health Informatics Center
Recorded Webinar 
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