Reporting Time Cut in Half by EHR-Automated Quality Measures, Study Says

The use of electronic health records for automating publically reported quality measures reduced the time required to update those quality measures by 50 percent, according to a case report in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.


The report examined Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente's automated quality reporting for the surgical care improvement project, one of six Joint Commission measure sets the organization has automated to date.

The case report authors noted that that time savings observed with the surgical care improvement project were likely generalizable, though they highlighted the large discrepancy between theoretical and actual EHR use in quality reporting. 

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