Hospitals can go beyond Meaningful Use requirements to make patients happier and healthier and the bottom line better. Consider these ideas.
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Empower mentally ill
Researchers at Rollins School of Public Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University evaluated the effect of electronic health records on 170 people with a serious mental disorder and comorbid medical condition who were being treated at a community medical health center. They were randomly assigned an EHR or usual care. During the one-year trial, patients accessed the electronic record a mean of 42.1 times. Eligible preventive services received increased to 40% at the 12-month followup from 24% at baseline, whereas it declined in the usual care group to 18% from 25%, according to an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The authors' conclusion: "Personal health records could provide a relatively low-cost scalable strategy for improving medical care for patients with comorbid medical and serious mental illnesses."