FACTS AND STATS

Impact of EHR on patient care by the numbers:

  • Improved adherence to preventive measures. The literature suggests that electronically generated reminders for screening and follow-up increases adherence by 10% to 15%.
  • Improved delivery of recommended care for various conditions. The Vanguard group in Boston delivered recommended care about 60% of the time in a baseline study. It improved to over 90% by combining team-based practice with the EHR.
  • Nation-wide implementation of the EHR in the US, including e-prescribing with decision support tools built in, could reduce adverse drug events by 2 million annually, preventing190,000 hospitalizations.
  • According to the literature, introducing the EHR into the ICU reduces ICU mortality by 46% to 68%; complications by 44% to 50%; and overall hospital mortality by 30% to 33%.
  • The use of e-prescribing in Denmark has reduced the medication problem rate from 33% to 14%, and laboratory systems have reduced tube labelling errors from 18% to 2%.

Source:Beyond Good Intentions: Accelerating the Electronic Health Record in Canada
Date published: 06-07


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