Does Use of EHRs Help Improve Quality?

24 Aug 2011

Data from Cleveland—one of RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality communities—show that patients with diabetes who are cared for by doctors who use EHRs received all the recommended care for their condition 51 percent of the time, compared with just seven percent of the time for those with paper records. The brief is the first in a series demonstrating how providers in communities are responding to legislation affecting health care.

As physicians nationwide increase their use of electronic health records (EHRs), this brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests a link between use of EHRs and dramatic improvement in physician adherence to evidence-based medicine.

Read the brief here.
Read a related study published September 1, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine here.