Quality of Diabetes Care No Better When Docs Use EHRs: Study
May 15, 2012, 09:17:01 AM
Physicians' use of electronic heath records did little to improve the quality of care for diabetes patients, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Using data for nearly 800 patients treated at 42 physician practices over a three-year period, researchers from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey found lower-quality care at the study's baseline at practices using EHR systems, and they found no link between EHR use and improved adherence to clinical guidelines for processes-of-care and recommended treatments.
Also, they determined that patients treated at practices that did not use an EHR system had a greater likelihood of meeting outcomes-based health targets, including blood pressure and A1c levels, at two-year follow-up appointments.