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This document explores how increased health information technology (HIT) adoption and connectivity would affect health system performance along nine dimensions. There is no empirical evidence about how increased HIT adoption would affect consumer financial risk, and its effect on spending, waste, reliability, patient experience, health coverage, and capacity are uncertain. Achieving widespread HIT adoption and connectivity will be difficult because of a fragmented health care system and other barriers to successful adoption.

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