Saturday, July 28, 2007

EHR study: Practices without EHRs faired better overall on Quality Score Review, Archives of Internal Medicine

The study is based upon data from 2003-2004. Many of the systems lacked Clinical Decision Support as well as e-Prescribing. While four years may not seem like long time for some people, a lot has happened since 2004: CCHIT, SureScripts adoption, RxHub adoption, inclusion of Epocrates, Skyscapes and Multum into EHRs. As the products have evolved, they have moved from simple documentation systems to health guidance systems. The real challenge, is to teach the practices to use the Decision Support/Point of Care options that are increasing available and help them be more comfortable with the transition from a paper based practice to an electronic one. SV

Archives of Internal Medicine

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