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This demonstration project was conducted to evaluate whether the Unified Health Resource, a combined personal health record, an electronic medical record (EMR), and a communication system, led to more patient-centered care in rural communities in the Intermountain West.
Implements an emergency medical records system that will provide shared access to patient records across various community health care providers and incorporates electronic tools for prescription distribution and management.
Developed an implementation plan for an ambulatory EMR in a medically underserved region that electronically connects physician offices, the regional hospital, ancillary services, and other community health services. The project work identified indicators that track measurable improvements in patient safety, quality of care, clinician and patient satisfaction, and operational efficiency.
Assessed the value of a computerized clinic order entry tool in rural primary care practices for appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy for acute respiratory infections, frequency of hemoglobin A1c in diabetics, incidence of outpatient adverse drug events, and influenza vaccine immunizations.