Electronic Health Record Reminder Effect on Hepatitis C Antibody Screening
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
© 2020 American Board of Family Medicine. All rights reserved. In the United States, national guidelines recommend screening adults born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C, but screening rates in this population continue to be low. We added a hepatitis C screening reminder to the Epic Electronic Health Record and educated physicians on the use of the Health Maintenance section in Epic. We assessed the effect of this intervention on the completion of screening hepatitis C antibody tests. We examined data from 2 years before and after the addition of the reminder. Completed hepatitis C antibody testing increased from 733 to 6502, and the rate of positive testing decreased from 5.9% to 2.0%. Implementing the electronic health record reminder and educating providers on the routine use of the Health Maintenance section increased hepatitis C screening for at risk adults.
Mulhem E, Brown I, Song K. Electronic Health Record Reminder Effect on Hepatitis C Antibody Screening. J Am Board Fam Med. 2020 Nov-Dec;33(6):1016-1019. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2020.06.190440. PMID: 33219082.