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EMRs Improve Doctor Care

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:13 AM

The use of electronic medical records (EMRs) is known to improve record keeping and help doctors keep better track of patients. But a new study has found EMRs may boost the quality of care doctors provide during radiation treatments by improving accuracy.
The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, found doctors who use EMRs to review images to verify the positioning of patients during radiation treatments did a better job delivering doses more accurately to tumor cells, while also reducing radiation exposure of normal, healthy tissue.
"The benefits of the implementation and utilization of an EMR have been well documented. Other studies have shown that the use of EMRs improves the quality of care, saves time and decreases cost," noted lead researcher Dr. Andre Konski, chief of radiation therapy at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.
"The use of an EMR for reviewing … images dramatically improves compliance with timeliness and record keeping. More timely review of portal images is critical because it allows for higher quality care in the treatment of patients with radiation," he added. "Given this study's findings, in accordance with a nationwide push for transitioning the EMRs, reviewing portal images via an EMR should be standard of care."
For the study, Konski and his colleagues tracked radiation treatments of patients before and after their doctors switched from paper to EMR records, between 2009 and 2010. More than 400 images were reviewed as part of the study.
Researchers found a statistically significant improvement in care after doctors used EMRs to review images.

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