Electronic Health Record Components and the Quality of Care

This article examines the relationship between electronic health record components and the quality of care received by patients.

The researchers used data from the 2005 National Ambulatory Care Survey to conduct a cross-sectional analysis. Using a multivariate model, they analyzed whether there was an association between use of electronic health record components, blood pressure control, and receipt of appropriate therapy for chronic conditions.

Key Findings:

  • There was no association between electronic physician notes and blood pressure control or receipt of appropriate therapies, except for inhaled steroids among asthmatics. 
  • There was no association between electronic reminder systems and blood pressure control or receipt of appropriate therapies, except for treatments for patients with both diabetes and hypertension.
  • There was no association between having a complete electronic health record and overall quality of care.

Researchers found no consistent relationship between elements of electronic health records and quality of care.