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"Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology"
This study, from the AHRQ, finds that while the adoption of health information technology (HIT) improves the quality of patient care, HIT gains have been concentrated in large health care organizations that have the expertise and funding to create, staff, and monitor HIT systems from the ground up. The challenge now is to find ways to encourage HIT in smaller health care settings, like physicians offices and hospitals.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a report today acknowledging that while health information technology has been shown to improve quality of care for patients, most health care providers need more information about how to implement these technologies successfully. AHRQ is helping to fill this gap with findings from more than 100 projects across the country. These projects make up AHRQ's $166 million health IT initiative.
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