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Study: EHRs didn’t improve diabetes care

While the debate continues about the actual effects of electronic medical records and other health IT on the quality of care, here’s one study that found no improvement when doctors started using EHRs. 

Researchers from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey looked at data from nearly 800 diabetes patients treated at 42 practices over a three-year period.

The doctors using EHRs weren’t any more likely to adhere to recommended clinical guidelines and their patients weren’t more likely to meet target outcomes, according to the study’s results, which were published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

This doesn’t mean that health IT isn’t helpful in improving care, researchers pointed out — but what it means is that EHRs and other tech systems alone aren’t enough. Practices also must make changes to their processes in order to get the most out of technology and improve care and outcomes, researchers said.

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