Improving long-standing problems of access in the digital age requires a critical look at today’s electronic health record, writes Dr. Eric B. Larson.
National study by eMERGE researchers—including Drs. David Carrell and Eric B. Larson—compares genetic data to electronic health records.
Unlike traditional randomized controlled trials—which collect data on carefully selected populations under ideal conditions—pragmatic clinical trials take place in everyday settings and take advantage of existing data sources, such as electronic health records (EHRs). These methods will take center stage this September at the First Seattle Symposium on Health Care Data Analytics.
Electronic health records (EHRs) are one part of the patient-centered medical home. But improved health care quality is related to other aspects of the medical home, not just EHRs, according to an invited editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers used electronic health records to identify Group Health patients who weren’t screened regularly for cancer of the colon and rectum—and to encourage them to be screened. This centralized, automated approach doubled these patients’ rates of on-time screening—and saved health costs—over two years. The March 5 Annals of Internal Medicine published the randomized controlled trial.
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