According to a new study published by HIMSS Analytics, hospitals with greater electronic health record capabilities can better predict and decrease mortality rates. Researchers used data from more than 4,500 acute-care facilities on 32 different procedures and condition-based groups and found mortality was “evaluated as an outcome in 19 of them.” Using HIMSS’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), they then determined a predicted mortality rate and compared it to the actual mortality rate to see if a hospital performed better or worse than expected, and compared it to each hospital’s level of EHR adoption. Researchers found that hospitals using a more advanced EHR predicted mortality rates for most conditions better. Additionally, the authors found decreased mortality rates for several conditions and suggested that other elements such as organization culture and process issues could affect patient outcomes regardless of EHR capability.
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