Omaha System Icons Study

The purpose of this study was to develop icons for Omaha System concepts to support visual literacy as a way of enhancing health communication for all users at the EHR interface. Our objective is to achieve a complete set of 42 icons that meet three objectives: simple and intuitive; convey perceptible information; and are user friendly. User studies and universal design methods were used to determine appropriate imagery for the icons. The Icons are copyrighted by the authors and are available in the public domain.


The publication “Toward population health literacy, wellbeing, consumer engagement, and information exchange: Developing Omaha System icons for digital platforms” describes the development of the icons.

The publication “Evaluation of the Omaha System prototype icons for global health literacy” describes the evaluation of the icons in ten languages. The 2017 final icons are provided in this publication.