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Physician and Patient Email Communication Improves Quality

Posted Sep 02 2010 5:10am
Kaiser Permanente studied 35,423 people with diabetes, hypertension, or both, who used secure patient-physician e-mail within a two-month period. That communication was associated with a statistically significant improvement in effectiveness of care as measured by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). In addition, the use of e-mail was associated with an improvement of 2.0–6.5 percentage points in performance on other HEDIS measures such as cholesterol and blood pressure screening and control.

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