Study: Primary Care Practices Can Track Preventive Care Delivery Via Electronic Health Records

Small primary care practices can track the delivery of recommended preventive care through electronic health records, which can help providers assess population health, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers studied the Primary Care Information Project, a New York City initiative designed to improve population health that helped implement EHRs in more than 300 primary care practices. Using the EHRs, these practices can automatically send summary data that can be used to track population health indicators for recommended preventive care.

An early analysis of small practices (fewer than 10 providers serving Medicaid and uninsured populations) found that delivery of recommended preventive care increased 0.1-2.4 percent per month. The authors conclude that EHRs can track preventive care delivery across small primary care practices serving lower income communities, helping providers assess population health.

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