In a perspective written for Health Affairs, Stephen Parente and Jeffrey McCullough examine whether health IT improves patient saftey.
Although an extensive literature shows the value of health IT at leading academic institutions, its broader value remains unknown. We sought to estimate IT’s effect on key patient safety measures in a national sample. Using four years of Medicare inpatient data, we found that electronic medical records have a small, positive effect on patient safety.
What has your experience been? Beyond just patient saftey, how has health IT affected the delivery of care in systems you've worked in?