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Advanced EHRs slash ER wait times

The right electronic health records (EHR) system can have a significant impact on key measures of quality.

A new study by researchers at Arizona State University looked at patient data from the 2006 National Hospital Amublatroy Medical Care Survey.

The research showed that hospitals using advanced EHRs (such as online access to test results, etc.) saw a number of benefits, including:

  • treatment times that were 13% shorter
  • admitted patients had hospital stays that were 24% shorter, and
  • patients who were treated and discharged spent 21% less time in the ER.

Interestingly, simply using basic EHRs wasn’t enough to improve speed. Hospitals without EHRs actually outperformed those with basic EHRs — especially among patients that arrived at the ER with urgent medical problems.

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