Research finds need for health information technology professionals to make EHR easier to read for patients

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A recent study that was published in the American Journal of Managed Care reveals that problems with prescriptions could be efficiently categorized by previsit review of electronic health records (EHR) medication lists.

Researchers found that pre-review may offer physicians the opportunity to better address important problems, concerns and questions (PCQs) concerning medications. Furthermore, testing the value of EHR-generated plain-language prescription information sheets requires follow-up interviews after they are filled because patients may not understand the benefits.

The study asked patients about the PCQs in their EHR summary for up to 10 current medications and about their knowledge of new prescriptions. Researchers found that nearly 42 percent of the participants indicated at least one PCQ about their current prescription.

These results show a demand for health information technicians who can help install plain-language explanations of prescription medications for a patient’s EHR in order to help both doctors and individuals who are receiving care.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 35,000 employment opportunities in the health information technician field will be available over the next seven years.