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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.

  • Woman talks to doctor using telemedicine, photo by Anja Schaefer/Fotolia

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    Telehealth Prompts New Use of Medical Services; Not Likely to Decrease Spending

    Mar 6, 2017

    Direct-to-consumer telehealth services are touted as a convenient, cheaper way to get care for minor ailments. But telehealth prompts new use of medical services. This may drive up spending rather than trim costs.

  • A hospital room with technological equipment, photo by xixinxing/Fotolia

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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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