EHR helps VA control patients’ hypertension

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Blood pressure control rates in hypertensive patients treated at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities improved from 43 percent to 76 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to a study published online April 19 in Circulation. The authors credited the use of EHRs for the improvement in treatment and control of hypertension.


The Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented a number of system-wide initiatives to improve the awareness, treatment and control of hypertension, wrote Ross D. Fletcher, MD, chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and colleagues. Among the approaches are several that took advantage of the department EHR’s Computerized Patient Record System, which in 1998 added performance measures to monitor and control care.

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