Study: EMRs Can Decrease Neonatal Mortality Rates

Research findings suggest hospital adoption of health IT could lead to reduced neonatal mortality, according to a study published in the Journal of Political Economy.

Researchers compared infant mortality rates at hospitals that utilized electronic medical records to hospitals that did not utilize EMRs over a 12-year span. Their findings showed a 10 percent increase in births occurred in hospitals with EMRs, reducing neonatal mortality by 16 deaths per 100,000 live births. The researchers concluded the significant decrease in neonatal mortality is driven by a reduction in deaths from conditions requiring careful monitoring.

Read the study about neonatal mortality.

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