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Systematic Review: Impact of Health Information Technology on Quality, Efficiency, and Costs of Medical Care

May 16, 2006

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Health care experts, policymakers, payers, and consumers consider health information technologies, such as electronic health records and computerized provider order entry, to be critical to transforming the health care industry (17). Information management is fundamental to health care delivery (8). Given the fragmented nature of health care, the large volume of transactions in the system, the need to integrate new scientific evidence into practice, and other complex information management activities, the limitations of paper-based information management are intuitively apparent. While the benefits of health information technology are clear in theory, adapting new information systems to health care has proven difficult and rates of use have been limited (911). Most information technology applications have centered on administrative and financial transactions rather than on delivering clinical care (12).

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