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Electronic Medical Records Lower Odds of Heart Failure Readmission

(MedPage Today) When electronic medical record (EMR) data was used to assess risks of 30-day readmission for hospitalized heart failure patients, there was a significant reduction in readmission rates, researchers found.
The EMR-based intervention allowed healthcare professionals to allocate intensive evidence-based interventions to those at greatest risk, which was associated with a significant readmission reduction versus the rate of readmission prior to the intervention (21.2% versus 26.2%...), according to Ruben Amarasingham, MD, … and colleagues.
However, there was no difference in readmission rates before and after the intervention period among those admitted with acute myocardial infarction (MI) or pneumonia, they wrote.
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