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Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. April 21, 2007:B1.
This article reports on the results from Joint Commission site inspections of five Boston-area hospitals.
Grant > Government Resource
AHRQ Risk-informed Intervention Development and Implementation of Safe Practices in Ambulatory Care.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2008.
This AHRQ grantee announcement lists 13 projects funded to demonstrate effective strategies in identifying and addressing risks and in improving processes in ambulatory care.
Journal Article > Meeting/Conference Proceedings
Jha AK, Desroches CM, Campbell EG, et al. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1628-1638.
Increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs) is a major policy priority, as implementation has been slow both in the United States and in other countries. This survey of nearly 3000 US hospitals found that less than 2% had a fully functional EHR (defined as incorporating clinical documentation, laboratory and imaging results, computerized provider order entry, and clinician decision support). Survey respondents cited cost and maintenance considerations as major barriers to adopting EHRs, concerns that have been cited in prior research. Given that most outpatient practices also do not use electronic records, the authors recommend several policy initiatives to spur EHR implementation.
Journal Article > Study
The management of test results in primary care: does an electronic medical record make a difference?
Elder NC, McEwen TR, Flach J, Gallimore J, Pallerla H. Fam Med. 2010;42:327-333.
Electronic health records (EHRs) hold great promise for improving patient safety, but remain underutilized, especially in ambulatory care settings. Failure to appropriately follow up on abnormal test results is a common ambulatory care safety problem, and has been implicated in malpractice lawsuits arising from missed or delayed diagnoses. In this study conducted at eight family medicine clinics, those with an EHR documented clinician and patient notification of abnormal test results and clear follow-up plans more often than those with paper charts. However, even in clinics using EHRs, more than one-third of abnormal results had no follow-up plan documented. This finding corroborates prior research that clinician notification alone does not ensure timely and complete follow-up of test results.