Health information technology and patient outcomes: the role of information and labor coordination

Citation data:

The RAND Journal of Economics, ISSN: 0741-6261, Vol: 47, Issue: 1, Page: 207-236

Publication Year:
Usage 1375
Abstract Views 698
Full Text Views 563
Link-outs 114
Captures 54
Exports-Saves 47
Readers 7
Social Media 5
Tweets 5
Citations 6
Citation Indexes 6
Jeffrey S. McCullough; Stephen T. Parente; Robert Town
Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Most Recent Tweet View All Tweets
article description
Health information technology (IT) adoption, it is argued, will dramatically improve patient care. We study the impact of hospital IT adoption on patient outcomes focusing on the role of patient and organizational heterogeneity. We link detailed hospital discharge data on all Medicare fee-for-service admissions from 2002-2007 to detailed hospital-level IT adoption information. For all IT-sensitive conditions, we find that health IT adoption reduces mortality for the most complex patients but does not affect outcomes for the median patient. Benefits from health IT are primarily experienced by patients whose diagnoses require cross-specialty care coordination and extensive clinical information management.