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Scott Weingarten on reducing low-value care with EHRs

Scott Weingarten on reducing low-value care with EHRs

Can Electronic Health Records (EHRs) help reduce unnecessary health care spending? Suzanne speaks with Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, consultant to the CEO at Cedars-Sinai and Professor of Medicine, and former Senior Vice President at Cedars-Sinai. Hear directly about Dr. Weingarten’s experience implementing EHR reminders across a large health system. Scott Weingarten explains how clinical decision supports embedded into point-of-care settings have the potential to improve clinical outcomes and contain health care spending. Through this initiative, Cedars-Sinai has reduced the number of patients receiving low-value, or even harmful, tests and procedures.

Now that EHRs are ubiquitous across the country, it’s time to leverage their full potential for quality improvement. This means harnessing technology advancements like machine learning and natural language processing in EHRs. Scott Weingarten’s experience offers employers and other health care purchasers a new ally in reducing wasteful health care spending and improving health care value for their plan members.

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