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Electronic medical records and primary care quality: Evidence from Manitoba

Abstract Improvements in quality of care through supporting decision‐making processes and increased efficiency have prompted widespread implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in Canada. Using a set of indicators of preventive care, chronic disease management, and hospitalizations due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC), this study measures the effect of EMR adoption on quality of primary care measures. Population‐based data for the Canadian province of Manitoba are used in a difference‐in‐differences approach with patient‐ and time‐fixed effects. Evidence of changes in the selected quality‐of‐care indicators is weak, with preventive care, managemen...

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