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JONAS Healthc Law Ethics Regul. 2006 Oct-Dec;8(4):116-20; quiz 121-2.

Pros and cons of healthcare information technology implementation: the pros win.

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School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.


Countless studies and investigations have been performed siding either for or against the implementation of technology in the healthcare setting. This article presents both sides of this debate, with an obvious conclusion that the pros of this debate win. The practice of information technology in the medical domain lags behind its knowledge and discovery by at least 7 years. The key to closing this gap is to show, through various studies, how information technology systems provide decision support to users at the point in time when decisions are needed. What the reader will obtain from this article is that the pros for information technology implementation in healthcare settings weigh much more and have a greater effect than the cons.

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