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A new study found that when providers used full Electronic Health Records (EHRs), their patients were less likely to encounter adverse events while in the hospital. To determine this, researchers analyzed the discharges of 45,000 patients from 2012 to 2013. They were specifically concerned with patients who were hospitalized with pneumonia, acute cardiovascular disease, and other conditions that required surgery.
The occurrence of adverse events was also identified, including adverse drug events, post-procedural events, and hospital-acquired infections. The study found that patients who had their care documented with full EHRs had 17-30% less risk of experiencing an adverse event than other patients in which full EHR were not used.
These findings were published in the Journal of Patient Safety on February 10, 2016.