Impact of an electronic health record reminder on abdominal aortic aneurysm screening in a general internal medicine clinic

Academic Article


  • Objective: To determine the impact of electronic health record (EHR) reminders on abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening rate. Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted to assess the AAA screening rates in pre- and postintervention periods of 4 months' duration at an academic outpatient practice. The 1-month intervention consisted of implementing an EHR reminder and making providers aware of the new EHR reminder system. Results: There was pre-intervention data for 235 patients. Although 157 (66.8%) met criteria for screening, only 14 (8.9%) were screened. The post-intervention period included 199 patients, with 108 (54.3%) meeting screening criteria and 25 (23.1%) undergoing screening. The AAA screening rate increase was significant (P= 0.002). Conclusion: Point-of-care reminders through the EHR significantly improved AAA screening.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Pilla T; Jain G; Cumpa EA; Varney AJ
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  • 71
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  • 75
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  • 20
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  • 2