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Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):w282-93. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.w282. Epub 2009 Jan 27.

Costs and benefits of health information technology: new trends from the literature.

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  • 1Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in California, USA. caroline.goldzweig@va.gov

Abstract

To understand what is new in health information technology (IT), we updated a systematic review of health IT with studies published during 2004-2007. From 4,683 titles, 179 met inclusion criteria. We identified a proliferation of patient-focused applications although little formal evaluation in this area; more descriptions of commercial electronic health records (EHRs) and health IT systems designed to run independently from EHRs; and proportionately fewer relevant studies from the health IT leaders. Accelerating the adoption of health IT will require greater public-private partnerships, new policies to address the misalignment of financial incentives, and a more robust evidence base regarding IT implementation.

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