Clinics using an electronic health record system with clinician and patient prompts at office appointments resulted in significantly more female patients initiating and completing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in a timely fashion, according to a new study. HPV can cause cervical and other cancers.

The objectives of the study were to examine the effect of simply turning on an EHR alert for HPV vaccination, series completion, and adherence to recommended dosing intervals among eligible female patients. Researchers compared the initiation and completion of the HPV vaccine among patients in two community-based networks with EHRs: one with a prompt and reminder system (prompted cohort) and one without (unprompted cohort).

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