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Drs. Pascale Carayon and Ben-Tzion Karsh led a team that studied the existing research related to the impacts of health IT on workflow in outpatient settings and how health IT can be used to assess workflow in these settings. The information led to the development of a toolkit to help small and medium-sized medical practices assess their workflows before implementing a health IT system.
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.
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.