Electronic health records improve the quality of care in underserved populations: A literature review

Jefrey M. Weinfeld, Laurie W. Davidson, Vishnu Mohan

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Organizations in underserved settings are implementing or upgrading electronic health records (EHRs) in hopes of improving quality and meeting Federal goals for meaningful use of EHRs. However, much of the research that has been conducted on health information technology does not study use in underserved settings, or does not include EHRs. We conducted a structured literature search of MEDLINE to fnd articles supporting the contention that EHRs improve quality in underserved settings. We found 17 articles published between 2003 and 2011. Tese articles were mostly in urban settings, and most study types were descriptive in nature. Te articles provide evidence that EHRs can improve documentation, process measures, guideline-adherence, and (to a lesser extent) outcome measures. Providers and managers believed that EHRs would improve the quality and efciency of care. Te limited quantity and quality of evidence point to a need for ongoing research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-153
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number3 SUPPL
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Community health centers
  • Computerized medical records systems
  • Medically underserved area
  • Quality of health care
  • Rural health services
  • Urban health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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