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Samantha De Leon, PhD, Alison Connelly-Flores, RPA-C, Farzad Mostashari, MD, MPH, and Sarah C. Shih, MPH
Can a Fully Integrated Electronic Health Record Increase Provider Productivity in a Large Community Practice?

Electronic health records (EHRs) are expected to transform and improve the way medicine is practiced. However, providers perceive many barriers toward implementing new health information technology. Specifically, they are most concerned about the potentially negative impact on their practice finances and productivity. This study compares the productivity of 75 providers at a large urban primary care practice from January 2005 to February 2009, before and after implementing an EHR system, using longitudinal mixed model analyses.