Electronic health records trim odds of hospital-acquired infections, other adverse events, AHRQ says
A recent study funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests that patients with fully electronic health records experienced fewer adverse events such as hospital-acquired infections.
In order to be considered a fully electronic EHR, “physician notes, nursing assessments, problem lists, medication lists, discharge summaries and provider orders are electronically generated,” according to researchers.
Using 2012 and 2013 Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System data, AHRQ examined outcomes for cardiovascular, pneumonia and surgery patients – specifically with regard to occurrence rates of 21 adverse events in four clinical domains: hospital-acquired infections, adverse drug events, general events (falls or pressure ulcers, for instance) and post-procedural events.
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