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J Aging Health. 2013 Jun;25(4):535-54. doi: 10.1177/0898264313480238. Epub 2013 Mar 17.

Utilization of technology by long-term care providers: comparisons between for-profit and nonprofit institutions.

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  • 1University of Texas at Arlington, TX 76019, USA. dpaulson@uta.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examine ownership differences in the use of technology in long-term care facilities.

METHOD:

We analyze two nationally representative surveys of administrators collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey and the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities.

RESULTS:

We find that nonprofit nursing homes are more likely to use some computerized administrative functions and digital laboratory reports, and report use rates similar to for-profit organizations in other areas of health IT. Nonprofit residential care facilities are more likely to use electronic medical records and information exchange systems than their for-profit counterparts. In addition, nonprofit residential care facilities are more likely than for-profit facilities to digitize more types of information and use larger health information exchange networks.

DISCUSSION:

The reasons for which nonprofit long-term care organizations report higher levels of some types of technology utilization are explored, and future research is recommended.

KEYWORDS:

health information technology; innovation; nonprofit; nursing homes; ownership

PMID:
23509114
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