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EHR helps spirometry completion in COPD diagnosis 

 A concerted electronic health record (EHR) intervention increased the spirometry referral and completion rates in COPD patients, observes a recent study. The new research by a team of scientists at The MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, analysed 10,949 COPD patients to find the effects of interventions using EHR without confirmatory spirometry in COPD patients. The research team revealed that they found the spirometry referral rates pre-intervention were 20.2% compared to 31.6% post-intervention (p < 0.001) and that the spirometry completion rates rose from 13.2% pre-intervention to 19.3% afterwards (p < 0.001). 

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