Researchers found use of electronic health records (EHRs) over three years does not ensure successful use for improving diabetes care.
Authors, writing in Annals of Family Medicine, called for a focus on ensuring that meaningful use of EHRs in primary care succeed in improving care.
Although the quality of care improved across all practices, improvement rates did not differ. EHR use was not associated with better adherence to care guidelines or a more rapid improvement in adherence.
And patients in practices that did not use an EHR were more likely than those in practices that used an EHR to meet outcomes targets.