Kaiser Permanente study finds using EHRs for quality measures can result in significant time savings of up to 50 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
The findings conclude that automated quality reporting through EHRs allows data in real time resulting in streamlined workflows and improved care. Currently, Kaiser Permanente has fully or partly automated reporting for six Total Joint Commission measure sets (acute myocardial infarction, emergency department patient flow, immunizations, the surgical care improvement project, pneumonia and VTE prophylaxis) and time savings resulting from automation were substantial.
The study also acknowledges the gap between the current and desired states of automated quality reporting. EHRs were not initially designed to calculate, compile and report on quality measures resulting in a lack of automation. With increasing pressures from healthcare reform initiatives, it is growing increasingly important to keep track of quality measures while reducing overhead costs of public quality reporting.
“Many electronic health record systems require care providers to enter additional data and provide documentation that may slow down the care process,” said Terhilda Garrido, vice president of Health IT Transformation and Analytics, Kaiser Permanente. “The trick is to make use of the ‘natural digital exhaust’ from existing clinical processes, which can also increase the credibility and accuracy of the data.”
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