Reducing Hospital Mortality with the Help of an EMR

Electronic medical records (EMR) have a role to play in mortality reduction. Computerised practitioner order entry (CPOE) and electronic order sets are the key EMR capabilities that can help reduce hospital mortality, but changes in process, culture, and individual behaviour are also necessary.

In this report, we present six hospital case studies to illustrate the impact of EMR on mortality, identify the mechanisms by which EMRs could help reduce hospital mortality, and zero in on the specific functionality that might have the greatest impact.

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