EHRs increase detection rate of growth disorders in children

Electronic health records can help detect growth disorders in children, according to a new research letter published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study used a computerized and automated growth monitoring strategy algorithm integrated into an EHR system and compared three "control" years to an "intervention" year. An annual average of 33,029 children were screened.

The researchers found that in a control year, an average of four children were diagnosed with a growth disorder; in the intervention year 28 new diagnoses were made among 32,404 children. The rate of growth disorder diagnosis was 0.1 per 1,000 screened children in a control year versus 0.9 per 1,000 screened children in the intervention year. With a higher rate of detection, more children can be diagnosed and referred to specialized treatment sooner. Letter

Suggested Articles

Roche, which already owned a 12.6% stake in Flatiron Health, has agreed to buy the health IT company for $1.9 billion.

Allscripts managed to acquire two EHR platforms for just $50 million by selling off a portion of McKesson's portfolio for as much as $235 million.

Artificial intelligence could help physicians predict a patient's risk of developing a deadly infection.