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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.

  • Doctors using a tablet and a desktop computer to view a patient's medical records

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    How Smartphone Apps Could Help Keep Health Records Accurate

    Oct 4, 2018

    Electronic health records have helped streamline record keeping but providers aren't always able to reliably pull together records for the same patient from different hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices. The growing use of smartphones offers a promising opportunity to improve record matching.

  • Mother on a video call with doctor with sick teenage son, photo by Courtney Hale/Getty Images

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    Coronavirus, Telemedicine, and Dustbusters

    Mar 16, 2020

    Telemedicine has been with us for decades. And yet it hasn't transformed health care in the way that ATMs have transformed banking or cordless vacuums have transformed household cleaning. But the coronavirus pandemic could forever change how telemedicine is used.

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