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Updated: March 24, 2009
New Study Of Physicians Using HIT In Hospitals

When physicians in hospitals use health information technology (HIT) to its full potential there are fewer deaths, fewer complications, and lower healthcare costs, according to a study supported by the Commonwealth Fund.

The study was led by Dr. Ruben Amarasingham, associate chief of medicine at Parkland Health &Hospital System, in Dallas, Texas and assistant professor of medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; and Dr. Neil Powe, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Md.

They surveyed physicians from 41 hospitals in Texas treating a diverse group of patients across a variety of conditions including heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

The survey directly measures physicians using HIT in a hospital setting.

Respondents were asked about their use of several different types of HIT including electronic notes and records, order entry, and clinical decision support.

Researchers found that relatively modest increases in technology use had dramatic results — a 10 point increase in the use of electronic notes and medical records was associated with a 15 percent reduction in the likelihood of patient death. And, when physicians electronically entered their instructions for patient care, there was a 55 percent reduction in the likelihood of death for some procedures.

Increased use of HIT was also linked to lower costs: hospitals with automated test results, order entry, and decision support experienced lower costs for all hospital admissions (-$110, -$132, and -$538, respectively per admission).

"These findings tell us, straight from the physicians using it, that this technology works to improve quality of care for patients — the first priority of health information technology," said Commonwealth Fund Vice President for Quality Improvement and Efficiency Dr. Anne-Marie Audet, "But, in order to save lives and keep costs down, health information technology has to be used to its fullest extent."

Address: The Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021; (212) 606-3800,

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