Study: Electronic Health Records Improve Primary Care Quality

In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, primary care sites using electronic health records were associated with higher levels of achievement of and improvement in quality care standards.
Researchers compared EHRs with paper-based records in a long-term regional collaborative study of seven diverse healthcare organizations' primary care practices. Key findings include:

•    Fifty percent of patients at EHR sites, as compared with 6 percent of patients at paper-based sites, received care for diabetes that met all quality care standards.
•    EHR sites showed higher achievement on all components of the composite standard for care.
•    For diabetes outcomes, 43 percent of patients at EHR sites and 15 percent of those at paper-based sites had outcomes that met at least four of the five standards.

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