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September/October 2011 Annals of Family Medicine Tip Sheet
Date:9/12/2011

Data Needed for High Quality Diabetes Care
By Richelle J. Koopman, M. D., M. S., et al
University of Missouri, Columbia

*One of the study's co-authors received financial support from Cerner Corporation, developer of the diabetes dashboard reported on in the article


E-Prescribing: Takeaways from Five Exemplar Primary Care Practices

Close examination of five primary care practices identified as exemplars of effective e-prescribing revealed that successful use of e-prescribing requires substantial investments of planning time and the ongoing transformation of work processes. Researchers found the practices studied had substantial resources to support e-prescribing use, including local physician champions, ongoing training for practice members, and continuous on-site technical support. They note that even these practices faced considerable challenges during the use of e-prescribing that derived from problems coordinating new work processes with pharmacies and ineffective health information exchange that required workarounds to ensure the completeness of patient records. The authors conclude that although e-prescribing features prominently among the technologies that are expected to transform health care in the near future, widespread successful implementation will require a longer-term commitment to supporting practice transformation, resources to aid in making these changes and improvements to the infrastructure for health information exchange.

Meaningful Use of Electronic Prescribing in 5 Exemplar Primary Care Practices
By Jesse C. Crosson, Ph. D., et al
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Somerset, New Jersey


Editorials Examine the Complexities of Health Information Technology Implementation

Two editorials provide context for the Koopman and Crossen articles on implementing health information technology in primary care practice. The editorial by Jan reminds re
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