Reducing Hospital Length of Stay with EMR and Other Information Technologies

Doug Thompson and Santosh Mohan

Electronic medical record (EMR) systems and other information technologies have the ability to impact hospital lengths of stay in numerous ways.

Computerised provider order entry (CPOE) and its associated decision support interventions are the most powerful EMR-related tools for reducing hospital length of stay (LOS), but each hospital is somewhat unique in its LOS-related issues and potential IT-related solutions. In this report, we present five case studies to illustrate the impact of EMR on LOS.

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