Incentives in such a system would be targeted at the leadership, she wrote, so that they would be held accountable for the performance of the health management teams.
Technology such as Dolor proposed is already available in some practices. Electronic health records are making their way into most primary care practices, largely due to government incentives to implement this technology. Among other capabilities, electronic health records provide automatic reminders for lab work, prescriptions and follow-up appointments.
A third study in the same issue of the journal found that the use of electronic health records in people with diabetes decreased the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations significantly. However, there was no reduction in the number of office visits.
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