How can electronic health records help me improve diabetes care?

The Basics

Electronic health records (EHRs) can improve health care quality and patient outcomes for patients with diabetes. EHRs can:

  • Help your organization generate and meaningfully use lists of patients with diabetes for health care quality improvement, research, and individual outreach
  • Prompt clinicians with care reminders when patients with diabetes need preventive care, screenings, or immunizations
  • Enable your organization to better connect with and educate patients with diabetes about self-management techniques
  • Create clinical summaries or “patient report cards” so patients with diabetes are better able to engage in and coordinate their care
  • Help your organization monitor the trends of diabetes-related tests over time, providing clinicians with the information they need to make sound decisions
  • Help clinicians effectively and efficiently manage prescriptions for patients with diabetes

Meaningfully using EHRs can help your organization provide better care to patients with diabetes, enhance health care quality and, most importantly, improve patient outcomes.1-3

Providers Like You

To learn about providers like you who are leveraging the benefits of electronic health records to improve health care quality and patient outcomes for patients with diabetes, see the following provider stories.


  1. Cebul RD, Love TE, Jain AK, Hebert CJ. “Electronic Health Records and Quality of Diabetes Care.” N Engl J Med. 2011.
  2. Ciemins EL, Coon PJ, Fowles JB, Min S. “Beyond Health Information Technology: Critical Factors Necessary for Effective Diabetes Disease Management.” J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2009.
  3. Hunt JS, Siemienczuk J, Gillanders W, LeBlanc BH, Rozenfeld Y, Bonin K, Pape G. “The impact of a physician-directed health information technology system on diabetes outcomes in primary care: a pre- and post-implementation study.” Inform Prim Care. 2009.
Content last reviewed on April 16, 2019
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