Study: EHRs beneficial for care coordination of Kidney Patients

According to a study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, Health Data Management, electronic health records can help improve health outcomes for patients at high risk of kidney disease. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii used electronic laboratory results to rank more than 10,000 patients according to their risk of kidney failure, for the five-year study. It was ensure that the most high-risk patients to ensure that they received quality care. The researchers then used Kaiser’s EHR system HealthConnect to determine how to proceed with a patient’s care. It was found that the EHR consultation system helped boost early intervention for patients at high risk of kidney disease. Also, there was a reduction in number of late specialist referrals by two-thirds through the project implementation. Researchers defined late specialist referrals as those occurring within four months of the onset of end-stage renal disease. The implications indicated that electronic databases can help health care providers identify disease trends and recommend treatment for high-risk patients, as mentioned by Brian Lee, a kidney specialist with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

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