Evaluating the Impact of Electronic Medical Records and Interactive Decision-Support Systems on Obstetric Care Quality and Efficiency

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Electronic medical records linked to physician order entry and clinical decision support are gaining wider currency in health care. There is only limited evidence, however, regarding the impact of "intelligent" technologies on health care quality and efficiency. Focusing on obstetric care provided in four hospitals, this project will evaluate the extent to which electronic medical records and interactive decision-support systems, used at the point of care, can improve physicians' adherence to best practices and reduce medical errors. The evaluation will also assess the financial return on investing in such tools, as well as potential changes in malpractice liability. http://www.whcenter.org

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
MedStar Research Institute
Principal Investigator:
Menachem Miodovnik, M.D.
Award Amount:
$224,601.00
Approval Date:
November 9, 2004

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