EHRs can lower costs by 33%

When doctors use electronic health records (EHR), quality of care is improved while costs are decreased, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI). EHRs improved quality by a 44 percent median rate in family and children's health, 35 percent in women's care and 24 percent in internal medicine, reports FierceEMR. Meanwhile, BCBSRI's healthcare costs were between 17 percent and 33 percent less per member than those receiving care at physician practices not in the three-year EHR pilot program. --Read the full article on FierceEMR