Study: Providers With EHRs Achieve Higher Outcomes for Diabetes Patients

Healthcare providers using electronic health records may achieve higher levels of care and outcomes for diabetes patients than those using paper records, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers studied the care and outcomes for diabetes patients in primary care practices with and without EHRs. They found EHR sites had superior care and outcomes than those with paper records, even when adjusting for insurance type, age, sex and other potential confounding factors.

Specifically, there was a difference of 35.1 percentage points in diabetes care between EHR and paper-based sites across all practices and a 29.8 percentage point difference at safety-net sites. The difference in outcomes was 15.2 percentage points across all sites and 9.7 for safety-net sites.

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