Using EHRs for Care Management

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Improving the Use of EHR for Care Management

EHR systems are a computerized repository for patient health information that may include patient demographics, progress notes, medications, vital signs, medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. Practices engaged in the Qsource prevention project are learning how to modify clinical workflows to achieve greater efficiency with EHRs, fully utilize EHRs to coordinate patient care, and extract and report data from their EHR system to support quality improvement.

We are helping practices that have already implemented a certified EHR system to:

  • Track preventive care, tests and immunizations
  • Generate clinical reminders at the point of care
  • Identify patients who have not received preventive services
  • Trigger alerts about potential drug interactions
  • Measure preventive service rates at the practice level
  • Report performance on preventive care and quality of care indicators

Qsource staff share best practices by visiting physician offices, as well as through Learning and Action Network (LAN) meetings, teleconferences and webinars. We are an ally in the effort to help providers use the full potential of EHRs to coordinate individual care and manage population health. We encourage physician practices to take advantage of our assistance with clinical data reporting and to join in local improvement initiatives that leverage EHR functionality to increase rates of preventive services and decrease cardiac risk factors.

Additional Resources

Intervention Guide HIT

Workflow Assessment for Health IT – an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) toolkit

Integrating HIT presentations (below) from expert faculty convened by Qsource in Nashville, Tenn, November 2011

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