Using electronic health records to automate reporting of quality measures reduces reporting time required for one measure set alone by about 50 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Kaiser Permanente has fully or partly automated reporting for six Total Joint Commission measure sets and reported substantial time savings resulting from automation.
If the observed 50 percent reduction in reporting time for just one measure is any indication of potential efficiencies, time savings are likely achievable on a broad scale. Overhead costs of public quality reporting are significant. In addition to improved efficiencies, automated quality reporting allows for immediate access to data, which can more quickly lead to improved care for patients.