Healthcare and Technology
The implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act set the pace and expectations of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption. Since that time, the acceptance and adoption rates has increased significantly. What has been the patients’ experience? Have they discerned a difference or experienced an increase in quality of care, or decrease in errors as a result? Healthcare Informatics brought this information to us in their article, “Study Finds Health IT Adoption Has Positive Effect on Medical Outcomes.”
Researchers from the School of Health Administration at the San Marcos-based Texas State University sought to answer this question in a recent study that examined the effect of the adoption of health information technology on medical outcomes since 2011. Since the implementation of the HITECH Act, adoption rates of EMRs in the United States have increased. The researchers identified improved medical outcomes as a result of health IT adoption in 81 percent of research studies that met inclusion criteria.
Health information technology continues to improve so it will be interesting to see what these numbers look like in five or ten years down the road.
Melody K. Smith
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