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Vol. 9 No. 18, August 29, 2012

Fact and Stats

Patients who have three or more chronic medical conditions are 50% less likely to receive treatment for depression in primary care practices that use electronic medical records (EMR) as they are in practices that use paper-based records, a new University of Florida study has found. This study raises questions about how computerized records systems could affect mental health care. The findings appear in the August issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

For the study, University of Florida researchers used information from CDC's National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey between 2006 and 2008. They analyzed 3,467 visits in which an adult patient had a diagnosis of depression, noting whether the doctor prescribed or continued antidepressant medications, mental health counseling or a combination of the two approaches.

For patients with one or two chronic conditions, the study found that recommended depression treatments did not differ between physicians using EHR systems and those using paper-based records. However, researchers found that patients who had three or more chronic conditions were about half as likely to receive appropriate depression care from a physician using an EHR system as they were from a physician using paper-based records.

Researchers suggested that the use of EHR systems might affect depression care because the systems might be programmed to focus more on physical health issues than on mental health issues; require physicians to spend time entering data during patient visits and interfere with verbal communication between physicians and patients.

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Source: Electronic Medical Records May Overlook Depression

Date: August 22, 2012

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Industry Speak

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World e-ID Congress 2012

AAL Forum 2012 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

Digital Health Conference 2012 (New York, US)

CEATEC Japan 2012

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Health 2.0 Europe 2012 (Berlin, Germany)

itHealthcare Canada 2012

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