Thanks HouTx. Good info. I'll take a look at that link. Question, do all EHR system builds/vendor products provide those options you mentioned? It's the first I've heard of the sticky keys as an accommodation. For vision impaired, are the graphic interfaces with touch screen easy to navigate? Do the interfaces need a screen reader?
I just completed my literature review and it seems as though schools and hospitals do provide accommodations for hearing and vision impaired nurses, many are working as healthcare clinicians especially accommodations for hearing impaired. I have read how PHRs are being worked on to be compliant with Web 2.0 accessibility and Section 508 standards for disability, but concerns lie with I think with visually impaired and HIPAA. I think what sparked my curiosity even more is when I asked a publisher of one of the educational SIM EHRs used in nursing schools, and they said they have not modified but are currently in discussions about how to modify for students. I read about all the past studies about nursing students and nurses with disabilities "capabilities" to equally perform in a clinical setting/point-of-care, and how many have successfully transitioned from school to the workplace, but then all the a barriers and attitudes of instructors, program admissions that disabled nurses encounter. I thought the same thing too, about the "severely disabled ability to work as health clinicians," but the studies showed that many have supposedly met the technical standards set based on the ADA and Rehab. Act. and graduated from medical schools and practice medicine. Although, patient safety was still a concern that came up by participants AND the researchers. There are some great "I" stories published by Donna Carol Maheady in her books "Nursing Students with Disabilities" and "Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with Disabilities" but no mention of more advanced assistive technologies beyond amplified stethoscopes, digital monitors, etc. Because EHRs are still being integrated into healthcare facilities and slowly into nursing schools, I wondered what kinds of accommodations or modifications are available or should be available.