Funded through the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and driven by consultations with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), HealthBoard is a visual dashboard prototype that is designed to improve better patient care through better design. Consisting of two portals—the patient portal and the provider portal—HealthBoard is designed to serve both communities through better information. HealthBoard is designed to complement existing, open-source EMR solutions by providing a streamlined, easy-to-use GUI presentation layer that can be implemented by developers.
The prototype and designs are developed to allow active duty military personnel the ability to interact with their own personal health information and electronic medical records, and healthcare providers with better access to patients and their decisions. By integrating information design principles HealthBoard provides users with enhanced and streamlined access to information, making it less intimidating and easier to understand the impacts of decisions on health outcomes.
HealthBoard is an Open Source product released under an LGPL license designed to enhance and/or complement other existing EMR systems. Scheduled for release through the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) project in December 2012, HealthBoard can be used by EMR developers either completely or in a modular fashion as an enhanced presentation layer. Guidance documents are included, thereby assisting in the adoption of good design principles by developers easier.