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News: Study finds physicians need more help with electronic records

CDI Strategies, February 2, 2012

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Transitioning to electronic health records (EHR) is no longer a question of “if” but “when.” Nevertheless, physician workflow and documentation habits continue to stymie EHR effectiveness, according to the findings of a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

The study authors conducted a retrospective audit of more than 4,000 charts from 57 New York City-based physician practices. Authors looked for specific quality measure improvements but discovered “that EHR-derived measures” actually “can undercount practice performance, with a disproportionately negative impact on the number of patients captured as receiving a clinical preventive service or meeting a recommended treatment goal.”

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