HIMSS Analytics, along with clinical data and analytics support from Healthgrades, embarked on the study as a means to “scientifically measure the clinical benefits of EMR adoption.”
The initial findings, researchers say, are encouraging and “compel continued effort to scientifically analyze and communicate the clinical benefits of the EMR.”
All told, report authors say the research indicates that advanced EHR systems are linked to lower actual mortality rates, particularly in medical facilities with advanced systems. This was especially true in matters where patients suffered from specific health-related issues, like heart attacks and various surgeries.
Richard Skinner, an HIMSS Analytics board member, is quoted in a report summary saying that hospitals “should take this study as an indication that they can obtain clinical value and better outcomes for their patients not solely through the use of an [EHR], but by focusing on optimizing use of their [EHR].”
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