Tuesday, December 16, 2008

EMR angst

We’re all too familiar with the stress of transitioning from paper to the electronic medical record. It may work the other way around. What if you relocate form an area of high information technology to one of lower technology? Here’s what Vanderbilt researchers found:

After controlling for confounding effects, the authors found that graduates who transitioned to lower-HIT institutions reported feeling less able to practice safe patient care (P = .02), to utilize evidence at the point of care (P = .05), to work efficiently (P < .001), to share and communicate information (P = .03), and to work effectively within the local system (P = .007).

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