New Findings: Health Information Technology Effects on Hospital Costs, Outcomes, and Patient Safety
- While electronic medical records (EMRs) do not reduce rate of patient safety events—once an event occurs, they do reduce:
- Death by 34%.
- Readmissions by 39%.
- Spending by 16%.
- EMRs contain costs by better coordinating care to rescue patients from medical errors once they occur.
Encinosa WE, Bae, J. Health information technology and its effects on hospital costs, outcomes, and patient safety. Inquiry 2011-2012 Winter;48(4):288-303.
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