EHRs play important role in the detection of venous thromboembolisms

EHRs play important role in the detection of venous thromboembolisms

A new study, conducted by researchers at McGill University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that electronic health records can be extremely beneficial when it comes to identifying and diagnosing venous thromboembolisms.

According to the study, venous thromboembolisms include medical issues such as pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis. These are serious health conditions that can lead to extensive, costly treatments and often result in death if not cared for properly. 

Researchers used 2,000 random narrative radiology reports from Canadian patients suspected of having either PE or DVT between 2008 and 2012. They then trained 10 EHR systems to identify PE and 10 other EHRs to detect DVT, using a "bag of words" approach. Doctors manually figured out which reports actually resulted in either of these diseases in order to determine EHR success. 

According to the results, EHRs were extremely helpful in identifying these diseases based on the approach used. They concluded that doctors who use the programs to detect PET and DVT could actually avoid having to assess charts manually to diagnose them. FierceEMR noted that this breakthrough is good for doctors and patients alike – physicians will have an easier time finding the condition and patients will be able to get care in early stages, decreasing expenses and mortality rates.