An analysis of records for more than 12,500 diabetic patients has found that the use of diabetes registries meeting Meaningful Use core objectives is associated with higher completion or recommended lab tests and a lower hospital utilization rate for patients with type 2 diabetes.

That is the finding of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Records from 12,514 diabetic patients (including 10,809 with type 2 diabetes) from 50 urban practices. A survey was conducted to identify whether and how practices were using diabetes registries.

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