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Survey: Too many EHR alerts could lead to missing test results

“The information deluge unleashed by electronic health-record systems could cause physicians to miss notifications of abnormal test results, according to a survey of primary-care practitioners with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department. Missing those notifications could delay needed care for patients, according to the physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants surveyed.
Researchers from several Houston institutions—including the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence—surveyed almost 2,600 VA primary-care practitioners from June 2010 through November 2010 regarding EHR-based alerts. Almost 30% acknowledged missing notification of test results that led to care delays, according to a research letter in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly the Archives of Internal Medicine).”

Article
Andis Robeznieks, ModernHealthcare, 4 March 2013
Abstract (Singh 2013)

5 March 2013 | Categories: News | Country: United States | EHR: EHR, EHR USA | Tag(s): Alert/Reminder
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