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Information technology is transforming the way physicians practice medicine, the way health care systems do business, and the way consumers make decisions about health care. For over a decade, RAND researchers have been at the forefront of efforts to analyze and evaluate how health information technology (HIT) can improve patient outcomes, increase access to care, and reduce spending. Since an influential 2005 study on the potential benefits of widespread adoption of HIT, RAND has considered the design of electronic health records (EHRs), examined the impact of health information exchange (HIE), and reviewed the impact of HIT in the context of recent federal legislation.

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