Friday, June 13, 2014

Study: Significant Variations in Health Providers' EHR Use

Healthcare providers, even from the same practice, use electronic health records (EHRs) differently, which may effect quality and cost outcomes, according to a study int the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

The researchers hypothesized that the effects of EHRs may depend on how they're used, not just on whether EHRs are available. 430,803 encounters of 99,649 patients by 112 physicians and nurse practitioners were analyzed.

"[The study] suggests that individual level measures of usage may add value to future research on quality and cost outcomes of EHR use ."
- Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
The study found variability among practitioners was "high." "Clinicians developed personalized approaches to EHR use, such as how often they updated patient problem lists, when they would respond to clinical decision support alerts and whether the encounter was with a new or established patient. Even Meaningful Use objective metrics, which are more likely to be standardized, varied."

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Sources:
(a) Study Finds Significant Variations in Health Care Providers' EHR Use - iHealthBeat.org, 06/12/2014

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