Information technology is transforming the way physicians practice medicine, the way health care systems do business, and the way consumers get health information and make decisions about their health. For nearly a decade, RAND researchers have studied how health information technology (HIT) stands to change health care. Early RAND work established HIT's potential for reducing costs while improving quality of care and patient safety. More recent work has helped to create quality standards for electronic prescribing, evaluated pilot systems, identified pitfalls to the successful adoption of HIT, and tracked implementation of electronic health records.
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