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EHRs can improve data quality

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Meaningful Use is a set of criteria that healthcare providers must meet to ensure they are using electronic health records appropriately and efficiently. The second stage of Meaningful Use incorporates a physician's ability to give patients access to their EHRs. A recent webinar by the National e-health Collaborative also noted that providing individuals the ability to view personal EHRs can enhance data quality, according to a FierceEMR report.

Panelists said patients will often catch mistakes that may not be as obvious to physicians. This is especially important as poor quality data can spread like a disease and corrupt a number of other procedures and records, the news source said.

"You can't proofread your own stuff. You have to have a second pair of eyes," speaker Dave deBronkart said, according to FierceEMR. DeBronkart is the co-chair of the Society of Participatory Medicine.

By leveraging patient portals, hospitals can correct mistakes and improve data quality, which is an essential aspect of delivering the correct medication and performing the correct operations, the news source said.

According to a separate report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, roughly 57 percent of physicians used EHRs in 2011, compared to only 17 percent who did so in 2002.