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Health information technology, electronic medical records, and electronic prescriptions are but three examples of how technology is changing the health care sector. RAND research has explored many facets of health information technology and advised policymakers and practitioners on best practices for cost savings and improved patient outcomes.

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    Filling the Knowledge Gap in Health IT Value

    Feb 10, 2015

    Too many studies intended to evaluate health information technology are limited by incomplete measures of value, and fail to report important details about the context and adoption of the technology. Studies that evaluate the technology over longer periods of time are needed to provide a more-robust picture of its costs and benefits to patients, health providers, and those who pay for health care.

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    Health Information Exchanges Show Promise, but More Work Is Needed to Realize Greater Benefits

    Dec 1, 2014

    Health information exchanges show some evidence of reducing emergency department costs and usage, but since only a few have been evaluated, there is not enough evidence to say whether or not they are on track as a potential solution to the problem of fragmented health care delivery in the U.S.

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