The Oxford University Press’ Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) recently recognized a journal article co-written by Ronald Gimbel, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the Clemson University Department of Public Health Sciences, as one of its top ten most-read articles of 2015.

The article, “Electronic health records improve clinical note quality,” is the culmination of a five-and-a-half-year quantitative study comparing the quality of handwritten outpatient clinical visit notes with electronic outpatient clinical visit notes. The study compared the effectiveness of notes with 100 type 2 diabetes patients six months before and after the introduction of electronic health records, and then an additional five years after electronic health record introduction.

Results of the study showed significant improvement over the five-year time interval. According to authors, this is the first study to demonstrate a significant improvement in the overall quality of outpatient clinical notes due to the use of electronic health records.

Gimbel has served as chair and associate professor in the public health science department since Aug. 1, 2014. He previously served at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which prepares uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to support the U.S. military health system. Gimbel’s research interests center on improving health care delivery and patient health through clinical research on physician decision-making, clinical documentation and enhanced communication.

The JAMIA is the American Medical Informatics Association’s premier peer-reviewed journal for biomedical and health informatics. Covering the full spectrum of activities in the field, JAMIA includes informatics articles in the areas of clinical care, clinical research, translational science, implementation science, imaging, education, consumer health, public health, and policy.