Vol. 10 No. 1, January 2, 2013
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Electronic health records (EHR) make it easier to automatically remind patients about upcoming immunizations, but healthcare providers say barriers to using such reminders remain, according to a study recently published in the journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. For the study, researchers examined reports and articles published between 1990 and 2011.
The study found that while most electronic reminders improved immunization rates, some healthcare providers were not equipped to use the technology. Limited financial and human resources were barriers to tracking paper immunization records and obtaining technical assistance to use EHRs to capture information and send reminders, according to the study.
Other barriers included:
Concern that electronic reminders that appear during a patient visit can add to physician overload and cause some doctors to ignore the messages
Different expectations about the value of immunizations for various populations and about who is responsible for reminding patients about needed immunizations
Lack of reliable immunization records, patient contact information and integrated systems to enable data-sharing between multiple providers
Privacy concerns; and
Questions about the accuracy of reminder algorithms used by various EHR systems.
Source: Barriers to the Use of Reminder/Recall Interventions for Immunizations: A Systematic Review
Date: December 17, 2012
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