Receiving structured lab results into a patient’s electronic health record chart is an assumed functionality today, and with Meaningful Use Stage 2, it’s a requirement. But given that lab results influence approximately 70 percent of medical decisions, it may come as a surprise that many EHR vendors haven’t provided more than the equivalent of a scanned report until recently.
Importing lab results is really the simple part. To be truly useful, the EHR must support a lab review and lab ordering workflow that leads to clinic efficiencies and provides better patient care. Practices are demanding it, and many of the newer EHRs are scrambling to provide it. (Click to read more)
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