Study: EHRs have little impact on quality, cost of health care

11/15/2009 | NYTimes.com

The use of electronic health records currently has very little impact on health care quality or costs, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, lead author of new research comparing 3,000 hospitals at various levels of EHR adoption. The study found marginal differences among hospitals with advanced EHRs, those with basic computer records and those with no records in terms of hospital stays and treatment of conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure.

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