Electronic standing orders increase delivery of preventive services
Research Activities, November 2012, No. 387
Implementing electronic standing orders for preventive services increased service delivery, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Published in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, the study discusses how electronic standing orders, established rules that allow qualified staff to deliver certain types of care, can be used in primary care practices with an electronic health record (EHR). By checking the rules established by the standing orders against the patient's prior record of care, the EHRs were able to produce a list of necessary preventive services. Since Americans receive only about half of all recommended preventive services, increasing preventive service delivery is an important goal.
Using their EHRs, the eight primary care practices that participated in this study developed standing orders for health screenings, immunization, and diabetes management. As a result, all of the practices improved delivery of six specific services. In addition, medical assistants' workflow and morale were optimized. To highlight the success of this initiative, AHRQ developed a video that details how this project improved service delivery, staff morale, and clinical workflow.
You can access the video at http://1.usa.gov/NReVsj.
To access the study abstract, please visit PubMed® at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22956695.