How will telehealth impact health equity?

Will telehealth widen or reduce health disparities? Telehealth may make it easier for individuals who lack transportation to get access to medical care; on the other hand, those without high-speed internet or good cell phone connections could be disadvantaged. In a recent report, NCQA examined the future of telehealth and examined how to make sure…

How often do clinicians use computerized clinical decision support systems?

That is the question Kouri et al. (2022) aim to answer. They conduct a systematic literature review and meta-analysis and find: …overall [computerized clinical decision support systems] CDSS uptake was 34.2% (95% CI 23.2 to 47.1%). Uptake was only reported in 12.4% of studies that otherwise met inclusion criteria. Multivariable meta-regression revealed the following factors…

Patients aren’t great price shoppers

That is the finding from a recent Health Affairs article by Desai et al. (2021). We launched a large online advertising campaign to increase consumers’ awareness about insurer-specific negotiated price information available on New Hampshire’s public price transparency website. Our campaign led to a more than 600 percent increase in visits to the website. However, in…

EHR Fatigue

Electronic health records (EHR) are supposed to improve quality. While EHRs certainly are highly useful for information sharing, they may have adverse consequences. One issue may be that EHRs may induce fatigue in physicians and sap their needed energy/concentration away from their primary task: caring for patients. To test whether EHRs increase physician fatigue and…