The meaningful use of electronic health records and health care quality

Published: August 13, 2014
Category: Bibliography > Papers
Authors: Edwards A, HITEC Investigators, Kaushal R, Kern LM
Countries: United States
Language: null
Types: Care Management, Performance Analysis
Settings: Hospital

Am J Med Qual 30:512-519.

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA

The federal government is investing approximately $30 billion in incentives for adoption and meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHRs). Whether achieving MU improves quality of care is unclear. The researchers conducted a longitudinal study of 514 primary care physicians in New York State from 2010 to 2011. Quality of care provided by those who achieved stage 1 MU was compared with the quality provided by those who used EHRs but did not achieve stage 1 MU. Generalized estimating equations were used to determine whether receipt of MU incentives was independently associated with performance on 9 MU quality measures. In 2011, 44% of physicians achieved MU and 56% did not. No difference in quality was found between those who achieved stage 1 MU and those who were using EHRs but had not achieved MU. Longer follow-up is needed to observe the full effects of this multistage national policy.

PMID: 25122006

United States,Resource Use,Process Measures,Electronic Records,Adult,Aged,Gender,Longitudinal Studies,Meaningful Use/statistic & numerical data,Middle Aged,New York

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