At a Glance
2015 Priority List
Provide unit conversions calculation and display during data entry and display
The system shall provide unit conversions calculation and display during data entry and display (e.g., lb/kg) as well as appropriate level of precision (e.g., mm or quarter inch for length/height).
The user should be able to tell which units of measure the EHR is using and know it can transpose between metric and English units, as appropriate. In addition, the ability for the user to configure as needed is also suggested.
Precision refers to the smallest unit of measurement (such as height to the neared millimeter or height measured to the nearest quarter inch and not to the ability to replicate measurements (i.e., statistical precision and also indicates how many decimal places to display after rounding.
Parameters should be measured in only one unit and converted mathematically with an indication of which unit was the primary measure with appropriate rounding and conversion of precision. Weight in pounds and ounces if different from weight in pounds and fractions. For example, 7 pounds 12.5 ounces is 7.78 pounds and is represented as text “7–12.5” with a precision of 0.25 ounces. All five parameters are useful and can be recorded from a single measurement. The precision of pounds and ounces may include fractions of an ounce.