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Updated: January 19, 2010
Physicians Using HIT Improve Clinical Quality, Study Finds

California physician groups using health information technology (HIT) show better quality improvement than those groups that don’t.

That was one conclusion of a study conducted by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), comparing quality measurements across eight California regions in four performance measurement domains: clinical quality, patient experience, information technology-enabled systems, and coordinated diabetes care.

All eight regions showed quality improvements this year compared to 2008, the IHA said. The degree of improvement varied by region but the most marked improvement occurred among physician groups with HIT.

One of the eight regions, the Inland Empire, had the lowest regional clinical composite average, but those physician groups operating in Inland out performed their nearby rivals. They attributed improvement to implementation of HIT and adoption and use of medical registries (electronic databases for tracking compliance to standards of medical care) that allow for better data collection for patient monitoring and follow-up.

Aware of the quality discrepancies and why, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently funded a grant to explore the cause of the variation discovered.

Address: Integrated Healthcare Association, 300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1975, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 208-1740,

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