EHRs can identify food-insecure patients, study says

A recent study from the September/October issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality showed that an EHR screening process could be used to identify food-insecure patients.

Emily Gore, MD, at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry, led the study by integrating a two-item screening test within a 26-bed hospital medicine unit. The tool can connect patients with food resources, according to the study.

The tool was used for 28 weeks and 61.5 percent of 587 encounters were screened. The baseline for screening is 2.2 percent. Six percent of patients screened in the study were food insecure. 

Read the full study here.

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