How can electronic health records help me care for patients with complex conditions?

Improving Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes for Patients with Complex Conditions

Electronic health records (EHRs) can improve health care quality and patient outcomes for patients with complex conditions such as cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, end-stage renal disease, and diabetes. Electronic health records (EHRs) can help your organization:

  • Create and use customized care plan templates for your patients with complex conditions
  • Better coordinate care with other providers through features like referral tracking, Direct messaging, medication reconciliation, and transition of care summaries
  • Implement clinical decision support rules to prompt clinicians with care reminders when patients with complex conditions need preventive care, screenings, or immunizations
  • Engage patients in their health and health care by providing patients with clinical summaries and educational resources
  • Generate lists of patients using customized risk scores calculated in your EHR to identify high-risk patients for follow-up care
  • Effectively and efficiently manage prescriptions for patients with complex conditions using active medication lists and e-Prescribing

In a national survey, 74% of providers reported that using an EHR system enhanced patient care.1 EHRs can help your organization improve health care quality and patient outcomes in ways that matter for your patients with complex conditions.

Achieving Meaningful Use

One of the best ways to ensure you take full advantage of the benefits of electronic health records to improve care in your organization is to achieve meaningful use. Meaningfully using an EHR will help you improve health care quality and patient outcomes for patients with complex conditions.

For More Information

For more information on how you can leverage the benefits of electronic health records to improve health care quality and patient outcomes for patients with complex conditions, see the following resources.

  • Improved Diagnostics & Patient Outcomes
  • NO/AIDS Task Force Uses EHR Data to Categorize Patients by Risk Level and Provide Better Care
  • Health IT for HIV/AIDS Care Toolbox
  • KC Arnold N.P. Better Manages Her Patient's Diabetes with the Help of EHRs

References

  1. Jamoom E, Beatty P, Bercovitz A, Woodwell D, Palso K, Rechtsteiner E. “Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems: United States, 2011.” 2012.
Content last reviewed on February 8, 2018
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