Study: Certain Types of HIT Systems Offer Greater Value Than Others

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A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, has found that there are a number of methods for economic evaluations of health IT systems, and that certain health information system types offer greater value.

Researchers looked at 33 papers, of which 12 were economic analyses, five were input cost analyses and 16 were cost-related outcome analyses. They also summarized the papers by health information system types. These included seven primary care electronic medical records, six computerized provider order entry systems, five medication management systems, five immunization information systems, four institutional information systems, three disease management systems, two clinical documentation systems and one health information exchange network.

In terms of value compared to the cost of systems, 23 papers reported positive findings. Researchers also found variations by system type. Eighty-six percent of papers on primary care EHRs, medication management and disease management systems had positive findings. Computerized provider order entry systems, immunization and documentation had mixed findings in more than one paper.

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