Electronic health records can improve patient care

A New York City study finds electronic health records can improve patient care in small physician practices if technical help is provided, researchers say.

Jan 10th, 2013

A New York City study finds electronic health records can improve patient care in small physician practices if technical help is provided, researchers say.

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Lead author Dr. Andrew M. Ryan of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and colleagues at the Primary Care Information Project of the New York City Health Department used an independent data source using multipayer medical claims in New York state to link data to small practices.

The New York City Health Department initiative provided subsidized electronic health records software with clinical decision support and on site technical assistance to 3,300 physicians at 600 primary care practices in underserved neighborhoods serving disadvantaged populations.

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