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AP Tells the Story of a Health IT Success

doctor working at a computer terminalSome discussions of the benefits of electronic health records can sound abstract and stats-based. Only 13 percent of physicians currently use even a basic EHR; 1.5 percent of hospitals responding to a recent survey published in the New England of Medicine have a comprehensive electronic-records system; 8 to 12 percent of hospitals responding to the same survey have a basic electronic records system.

But today the Associated Press has a story on the newly digitized Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh that presents a clear narrative of how computer-powered records work in real life, speeding diagnoses, preventing costly and dangerous errors, and helping administrators track effective techniques.

The boon to patient care and hospital bottom lines are compelling reasons to move to EHRs. The power to keep young children healthy is a good one too.

See also: Data Bank: Health Information Technology

More from CAP: “A Historic Opportunity: Wedding Health Information Technology to Care Delivery Innovation and Provider Payment Reform

(HT: Kaiser Health News)

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