Effect of an Electronic Health Record Transition on the Provision of Recommended Well Child Services in Pediatric Primary Care Practices

Clinical Pediatrics, Ahead of Print.
We sought to determine the effect of transitioning between electronic health record (EHR) systems on the quality of preventive care in a large pediatric primary care network. To study this, we performed a retrospective chart analysis of 42 primary care practices from the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s who transitioned EHRs. We reviewed 24 random encounters per week distributed evenly across 6 age categories before, during, and after a transition period. We reviewed encounter documentation for age-appropriate well child services, per American Academy of Pediatrics/Bright Futures guidelines. Logistic regression and statistical process control analysis were used. In the pretransition period, 84.5% of all recommended elements were documented versus 86.4% posttransition (P = .04). Documentation of age-appropriate anticipatory guidance showed significant positive change (69.0% to 80.2%, P = .005), but it was the only subdomain with a statistically significant increase. These increases suggest that EHR transitions have the opportunity to affect the delivery of preventive care.

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