“Across all insurance types, EHR sites were associated with significantly higher achievement of care and outcome standards and greater improvement in diabetes care.”
“EHR sites showed higher achievement of all components of the composite standard for care. For diabetes outcomes, 43.7% of patients at EHR sites and 15.7% of those at paper-based sites had outcomes that met at least four of the five standards, a difference of 28.0 percentage points.”
“These findings support the premise that federal policies encouraging the meaningful use of EHRs may improve the quality of care across all insurance types.”
Meaningful Use of EHRs is the Foundation for Better Care and Improved Health The NEJM study shows that providers who use EHRs in a meaningful way, especially to support collaborative efforts to enhance quality, can markedly improve care for their patients. Meaningful use of EHRs helps to: empower patients in adherence to the best standards for monitoring and treating chronic diseases; ensure timely delivery of preventive care; enable better coordination among different providers; facilitate rapid improvement of care quality and outcomes.