EHRs can help clinicians identify patients at-risk of diabetes

Health systems can improve their screening processes for patients at risk for type 2 diabetes by optimizing population health, clinical decision support and patient portal tools in the EHR, according to the American Medical Association.

To optimize the EHR to better identify individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes, the AMA recommends the following tips:

1. Use evidence-based screening protocol or guidelines to create reports for clinicians to track patients who are due for an abnormal glucose screening.

2. Generate EHR-based reports to identify patients eligible for prediabetes management.

3. Add abnormal glucose screening recommendations into the EHR's health maintenance or prevention feature.

4. Create EHR order sets for abnormal glucose screening and prediabetes management.

5. Design standardized messages in the patient portal to remind patients when they are due for abnormal glucose screening.

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