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MU awarded $6.8 million to support use of electronic health records statewide
Date:5/28/2010

use is an evolving set of criteria for electronic health records defined by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The criteria encourage providers to electronically capture health information, use the information to track key clinical conditions, communicate the information among providers to better coordinate patient care, and report clinical quality measures and public health data.

Data indicate that Missouri patients could particularly benefit from the electronically enhanced tracking and sharing of information about health risks and diseases. "Missouri rates for cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, infant mortality, obesity and smoking are among the worst in the nation," said Karen Edison, MD, the project's co-principal investigator and director of MU's Center for Health Policy. "Electronic health records are another important tool that can empower patients and physicians in their efforts to improve health. Studies have also found that primary care providers are at the forefront of practicing preventive medicine, which is essential for improving population health and reducing overall health costs."

Missouri's rankings among all 50 states and the District of Columbia are 40th for cardiovascular disease, 40th for cancer, 36th for kidney disease, 35th for infant mortality and 34th for obesity. Missouri also ranks 48th among states for rates of adult smoking.

The Missouri HIT Assistance Center at the MU School of Medicine is one of 28 non-profit organizations recently awarded funding to establish HIT Regional Extension Centers throughout the country. At MU, the center partners include the Department of Health Management and Informatics, which is ranked fifth nationally for its physician education program; the Center for Health Policy, which serves as a statewide resource for analysis, education and communication about trends in health care; the Department of Family and Community Medicine; which has ranked among th
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Contact: Natalie Fieleke
fieleken@health.missouri.edu
573-884-7541
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

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