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ELECTRONIC BENEFIT

ANCHOR LEAD:  HOSPITALS THAT USE ELECTRONIC TOOLS MAY SEE BENEFITS FOR THEIR PATIENTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Electronic systems that render hospitals paperless by keeping notes and records on computers may reduce a patient’s risk of death while hospitalized, a Johns Hopkins study has shown.  Additional benefits in terms of lower complication rates are also seen when such systems are used to support clinician’s decision making.  Christoph Lehmann, an electronic systems expert at Johns Hopkins who was not involved with the study, explains.

LEHMANN:  This study seems to suggest that the use of automation, the use of electronic tools in hospitals can not only improve mortality and reduce the complications but it can also be very cost effective.  So I think it would behoove consumers well to look for hospitals that have electronic systems in place.  The questions that consumers should ask, do you have electronic systems and yes, do you do clinical decision support?    :26

So when you’re choosing a hospital, ask about such systems and how they’re used.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey


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