Study: Hospitals Using 'Advanced' EMRs See Substantial Benefits

The more advanced a hospital's electronic medical records system (EMR), the greater the benefit to the hospital, according to a survey of 33 hospitals that have achieved stages 6 and 7 of the EMR adoption model (EMRAM) scale, the most advanced levels of EMR use and functionality.

Hospitals that have implemented these advanced EMRs have done so with the specific purpose of improving clinical quality and patient safety and have used at least one method to measure a return on their EMR investment, according to the survey, conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and The Advisory Board.

Nearly 80% of the respondents reported multiple core measures and/or safety benefits, such as reduction of adverse drug events (73%) and quality measures improvement in venous thromboembolism (73%) or stroke (70%).

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Source: FierceEMR