Allergy Electronic Health Record Documentation: A 2022 Work Group Report of the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Drugs, Biologicals, and Latex Committee

Autumn C. Guyer, Eric Macy, Andrew A. White, Merin E. Kuruvilla, Rachel G. Robison, Santhosh Kumar, David A. Khan, Elizabeth J. Phillips, Allison Ramsey, Kimberly Blumenthal

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The allergy section of the electronic health record (EHR) is ideally reviewed and updated by health care workers during routine outpatient visits, emergency room visits, inpatient hospitalizations, and surgical procedures. This EHR section has the potential to help proactively and comprehensively avoid exposures to drugs, contact irritants, foods, and other agents for which, based on an individual's medical history and/or genetics, there is increased risk for adverse outcomes with future exposures. Because clinical decisions are made and clinical decision support is triggered based on allergy details from the EHR, the allergy module needs to provide meaningful, accurate, timely, and comprehensive allergy information. Although the allergy section of the EHR must meet these requirements to guide appropriate clinical decisions and treatment plans, current EHR allergy modules have not achieved this standard. We urge EHR vendors to collaborate with allergists to optimize and modernize allergy documentation. A work group within the Adverse Reactions to Drugs, Biologicals, and Latex Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology was formed to create recommendations for allergy documentation in the EHR. Whereas it is recognized that the term “allergy” is often used incorrectly because most adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are not true immune-mediated hypersensitivity reactions, “allergy” in this article includes allergies and hypersensitivities as well as side effects and intolerances. Our primary objective is to provide guidance for the current state of allergy documentation in the EHR. This guidance includes clarification of the definition of specific ADR types, reconciliation of confirmed ADRs, and removal of disproved or erroneous ADRs. This document includes a proposal for the creation, education, and implementation of a drug allergy labeling system that may allow for more accurate EHR documentation for improved patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2854-2867
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Adverse drug reaction
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Documentation
  • Drug allergy
  • Electronic Health Record
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Intolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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