Samal L et al, Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(1)
Prior literature suggests that practice level characteristics mediate racial/ethnic disparities in clinical outcomes. One such practice level characteristic, use of electronic health records (EHRs) with clinical decision support (CDS), has been associated with improved blood pressure (BP) control in a national study.
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López L et al, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 37(10)
Racial and ethnic disparities in health care have been consistently documented in the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of many common clinical conditions. There has been an acceleration of health information technology (HIT) implementation in the United States, with health care reform legislation including multiple provisions for collecting and using health information to improve and monitor quality and efficiency in health care. Despite an uneven and generally low level of implementation, research has demonstrated that HIT has the potential to improve quality of care and patient safety. If carefully designed and implemented, HIT also has the potential to eliminate disparities.
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Jha, Ashish K. et al, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 15(1)
Electronic health records (EHRs) are a promising tool to improve the quality of health care, although it remains unclear who will benefit from this new technology. Given that a small group of providers care for most racial/ethnic minorities, we sought to determine whether minority-serving providers adopt EHR systems at comparable rates to other providers.
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Jha, Ashish K. et al, AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2007
Given concerns that efforts to improve quality using tools such as electronic health records (EHR) could increase the digital divide among racial groups, we sought to determine whether minority-serving physicians in Massachusetts use EHR at the same rate as non-minority serving physicians. We found that physicians who cared for large minority populations had comparable rates of EHR use, identified similar barriers and reported similar benefits.