The Impact of Health Information Technology Applications

The effect of health information technology applications on medical management is the focus of a new report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and conducted by McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After reviewing over 400 studies, the report revealed that health IT-enabled applications show moderate evidence of improved care processes. This especially holds true when clinical decision support and computerized physician order entry systems are concerned.

Although few studies looked at clinical or economic outcomes, when they were addressed studies found mixed results of clinician effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. Additional research is needed on the effectiveness of medical management in Henderson in dispensing, order communication, administering and medication reconciliation.

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