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EHR tied to improved screening rates: study
Modern Physician

On-time colon cancer screening rates at Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, doubled when the system implemented a centralized electronic registry to identify patients and provide them with reminders and additional support. Researchers from the Group Health Research Institute configured the health system’s electronic health record to flag patients who weren’t current on their colon and rectum screenings.

Those patients received a reminder letter plus detailed information about the pros and cons of different screening options, according to a newly released study about the intervention, in the Annals of Internal Medicine.