Monday, October 24, 2011

EHR Decision Support Tool Saved Physicians Time, Errors in Retrieving Clinical Information

A decision support tool generated by an electronic health record (EHR) that collects clinical information on ambulatory diabetes care saved primary care physicians more than 4 minutes compared to the conventional method of searching on multiple EHR screens, an AHRQ-funded study has found. Writing in the September/October 2011 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers at the University of Missouri family medicine department created an EHR-generated diabetes “dashboard” with the technology company Cerner. The dashboard collects important diabetes clinical data on one page and mirrors the information sought by national organizations to benchmark high-quality diabetes care. Physicians using the dashboard located the 10 data elements within 1.3 minutes, compared to 5.5 minutes among physicians searching multiple EHR screens. Physicians who used the dashboard correctly identified the data requested 100 percent of the time, compared to 94 percent for physicians using the conventional method.

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Source: AHRQ News Release

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