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Incomplete EHR Adoption: Late Uptake of Patient Safety and Cost Control Functions

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Eric W. Ford, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

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.

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Menachemi, N., Ford, E. W., Beitsch, L. M., and Brooks, R. G. (2007). Incomplete EHR Adoption: Late Uptake of Patient Safety and Cost Control Functions. American Journal of Medical Quality. 22(5), pp. 319-326.
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
electronic health records, diffusion of innovation, EHR functionalities, innovators, early adopters, early majority