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Research Article

The Benefits Of Health Information Technology: A Review Of The Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results

  1. Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin ( [email protected] ) is director of the Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington, D.C.
  2. Matthew F. Burke is a policy analyst at the ONC.
  3. Michael C. Hoaglin is a former policy analyst at the ONC.
  4. David Blumenthal is the national coordinator for health information technology.
PUBLISHED:No Accesshttps://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0178

An unprecedented federal effort is under way to boost the adoption of electronic health records and spur innovation in health care delivery. We reviewed the recent literature on health information technology to determine its effect on outcomes, including quality, efficiency, and provider satisfaction. We found that 92 percent of the recent articles on health information technology reached conclusions that were positive overall. We also found that the benefits of the technology are beginning to emerge in smaller practices and organizations, as well as in large organizations that were early adopters. However, dissatisfaction with electronic health records among some providers remains a problem and a barrier to achieving the potential of health information technology. These realities highlight the need for studies that document the challenging aspects of implementing health information technology more specifically and how these challenges might be addressed.

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