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EHR Intelligence: EHR Nudges Boost Statin Prescriptions, Streamline Workflow

EHR nudges show promise in increasing prescription rates for patients with certain chronic illnesses, according to a study published in JAMA Cardiology. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found a 4 percent increase in statin prescription rate following EHR nudge integration. “Active choice prompts are used commonly in electronic health records, but they often are not rigorously tested head-to-head against other approaches,” Mitesh Patel, MD, the director of Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit, said in a statement. “By systematically testing these interventions we can build upon the approaches that do work and turn off the ones that don’t.” By implementing tools to reduce alert fatigue, streamline workflows, and enable team-based care, technology developers and clinician partners can begin chipping away at clinician burnout. Read more at EHR Intelligence. For more coverage of this study, check out this HealthDay article.