An analysis of diabetes care in the greater Cleveland region shows 51 percent of diabetic patients treated at facilities with an electronic health record received all needed care, compared with 7 percent treated at paper-based facilities.

"A similar variation was also reported for diabetes patient outcomes--how well patients and their doctors were able to effectively manage their condition," according to a brief of results from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "For both care and outcomes, patients treated at practices with EHRs far outpaced those in paper practices across all insurance types--whether patients were on Medicare, Medicaid, a commercial plan or uninsured."

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