The Value Of Electronic Health Records In Community Health Centers: Policy Implications

Authors, Primary Miller,Robert H.;West,Christopher E.
Title Primary The Value Of Electronic Health Records In Community Health Centers: Policy Implications
Periodical Full Health Affairs
Pub Year 2007
Volume 26
issue 1
Start Page 206-214
Abstract This paper analyzes the costs and benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) in six community health centers (CHCs) that serve disadvantaged patients. EHR-related benefits for most study CHCs did not pay for ongoing EHR costs, yet quality improvement (QI) was substantial. Compared to private practices, CHCs cannot use EHRs to increase visit coding levels and revenues, yet they likely use EHRs more aggressively for QI, which raises equity questions. The evidence suggests that policies are needed that help CHCs to afford EHRs and produce more EHR-related QI gains, including through grants and QI performance rewards.
Publisher Project Hope
Place of Publication Millwood, VA
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Topic Tag(s) Health Information Technology
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