Incomplete EHR adoption: Late uptake of patient safety and cost control functions

Nir Menachemi, Eric W. Ford, Leslie M. Beitsch, Robert G. Brooks

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Abstract

Many functions important to realizing the full potential from electronic health records (EHRs) may not be selected by all physicians using EHRs in the ambulatory setting. This article examines the extent to which EHR systems used by Florida physicians include functionalities that the Institute of Medicine has designated as being critical for optimal performance. Results indicate that EHR systems used by recent adopters, when compared with early adopters, appear to be missing key patient safety and cost control functions. Overall, many physicians are only partially adopting EHR technologies, suggesting that published adoption rates may be exaggerating the true rate of diffusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Cost Control
Electronic Health Records
Patient Safety
Physicians
Biomedical Technology
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division

Keywords

  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Early adopters
  • Early majority
  • EHR functionalities
  • Electronic health records
  • Innovators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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Incomplete EHR adoption : Late uptake of patient safety and cost control functions. / Menachemi, Nir; Ford, Eric W.; Beitsch, Leslie M.; Brooks, Robert G.

In: American Journal of Medical Quality, Vol. 22, No. 5, 09.2007, p. 319-326.

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Menachemi, Nir ; Ford, Eric W. ; Beitsch, Leslie M. ; Brooks, Robert G. / Incomplete EHR adoption : Late uptake of patient safety and cost control functions. In: American Journal of Medical Quality. 2007 ; Vol. 22, No. 5. pp. 319-326.
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