Do EHR investments lead to lower staffing levels?

University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, USA.
Healthcare financial management: journal of the Healthcare Financial Management Association 02/2012; 66(2):54-60.
Source: PubMed


A study used FTE employees per adjusted occupied bed (FTE/AOB) as a measure to ascertain the effect of EHR investments on labor productivity. The study focused on three primary questions: Do FTE/AOB decline as the number of EHR applications used in a hospital increases? Is impact on FTE/AOB greater with some EHR applications than with others? Do FTE/AOB decline overtime, as the hospital continues to use the EHR application?

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