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News: Certain EHR features associated with fewer adverse events in some patients, report says

CDI Strategies, February 18, 2016

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Some patients being cared for in a fully electronic health record (EHR) environment were less likely to experience in-hospital adverse events, according to a recent report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The study, released February 6, examined the association of hospitals' EHR adoption and occurrence rates of adverse events among exposed patients.
The institution conducted a retrospective analysis of patient discharges using data from the 2012 and 2013 Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System. The sample included patients age 18 and older that were hospitalized for one of three conditions: acute cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, or conditions requiring surgery.
The research measured hospital-acquired infections, adverse drug events (based on selected medications), general events, and postprocedural events. The report did not specify how or why electronic environments could lead to fewer adverse events.

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