Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effect of Electronic Health Records Adoption on Patient-specific Health Education Prescription, Time Utilization, and Returned Appointments: A Propensity Score Weighted Analysis
by Huo, Huade, M.P.P., Georgetown University, 2015, 61; 1586131
Abstract (Summary)

In this analysis, we use National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data to investigate whether the adoption of the ambulatory electronic health records (EHR) system is associated with changes in patient-specific health education prescription rates, patient-physician interaction time, and returned appointment rates. We estimate the treatment effect of EHR adoption with multinomial propensity score weighting adjusted regressions. We find evidence to suggest that full EHR adoption positively affects patient-specific health education prescription rates. We find no robust evidence to show a significant effect of the EHR system on time utilization or returned appointment rates. We discuss possible reasons for our findings. We recommend linking patient education with quality improvement efforts and improving the usability of EHR systems.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pylypchuk, Yuriy
School: Georgetown University
Department: Public Policy & Policy Management
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public policy
Keywords: Electronic health records, Patient-specific health education, Propensity score weighting, Returned appointments, Theses (academic), Time utilization
Publication Number: 1586131
ISBN: 978-1-321-67024-0
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