Health Information Technology Research Briefs
Health information technology has not achieved its full potential, but its benefits should grow over time. Because health care is largely regulated at the state level, the states can play a valuable role as "laboratories" for innovative policies.
RxNorm has potential to improve how medications are represented in e-prescribing transactions.
Shares findings on the potential effects of electronic health records (EHRs) on health care quality, based on analysis of extensive data from 2003 and 2006 on EHR adoption, hospital characteristics, and hospital quality in nearly 2,100 hospitals.
Demonstrating a link between use of electronic health records in community-based primary care practices and higher-quality care, this study encourages prioritization of such technologies and their advanced functionalities.
Provides a summary of strategies for making access to antiretroviral therapy widespread, sustainable, more cost-effective, and efficient, while still providing quality care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Identity Crisis? Approaches to Patient Identification in a National Health Information Network — 2008
This research brief summarizes an analysis and comparison of two methods of patient identification — statistical matching and unique patient identifier — on error rates, operational efficiency, costs, and privacy and security issues.
This fact sheet summarizes research suggesting that there are basic privacy issues that need to be resolved in the implementation of a national health information network.
This research brief examines how technology changes -- in economic development, health, environmental quality, and military power -- will play out differently across the globe.
Measuring the Quality of Cancer Care: The National Initiative for Cancer Care Quality (NICCQ) — 2006
This research brief describes the development and testing of a prototypical cancer-care quality monitoring system, the National Initiative for Cancer Care Quality (NICCQ), for breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
RAND Health researchers convened an expert panel that created a set of 60 recommendations for electronic prescribing systems.
A team of economists and physicians explored how changes in medical technology, disease, and disability would affect health care spending for the population age 65 and older.
RAND researchers have estimated the potential costs and benefits of widespread adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT).