Putting patients' health records on computer systems instead of handwritten paper charts reduces medical complications, deaths and costs, according to a study of 41 Texas hospitals.
The study surveyed doctors who practiced at 41 hospitals across Texas and asked them whether they used computers to keep patient notes, order medications, list test results and track the reasons for other aspects of patients' care. The study correlated their responses with data from each hospital and found that the hospitals where doctors made the greatest use of electronic records had lower death rates, cheaper costs and shorter lengths of stay. The chance that a patient would die was 15% lower in hospitals that were ranked in the top third in their use of computerized records and notes, the study found.
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|Title Annotation:||RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Feb 2, 2009|
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