Regarding Computers reduce odds of in-hospital deaths: study:
While there is likely some link to computerized medical recordsi.e. no paperin reducing inpatient death risk, you would likely have to control for other factors such as the type of facility and financial status of the institution. Many facilities with fully operational electronic medical records tend to also have less tenuous financials, more focused selection of patients, higher volumes of the measured procedures and other factors shown to drive better outcomes. Electronic medical records are important for fully integrated, quality care over time but we should be careful to not over anticipate the results of what will be a very expensive transition to electronic records.
Deborah E. Hammond, M.D.Ridgewood, N.J.
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