SPOTLIGHT: EMR speeds treatment of STDs, study finds

Sex sells. Apparently, that's even true when it comes to EMRs. How else to explain U.S. News & World Report picking up a HealthDay News report on the effect an EMR has on treatment? That's because the disease in question is chlamydia. A study published online today in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections finds that an EMR cut the average treatment start time to 3.5 days from 11.5 days following a chlamydia diagnosis at a sexual health clinic in the UK. The percentage of patients getting treatment within two weeks of their diagnosis rose to 94 percent with the EMR from 38 percent before the clinic installed the system. FierceEMR