Adoption Of Health Information Technology For Medication Safety In U.S. Hospitals, 2006

Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, USA.
Health Affairs (Impact Factor: 4.97). 05/2008; 27(3):865-75. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.3.865
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Health information technology (IT) is regarded as an essential tool to improve patient safety, and a range of initiatives to address patient safety are under way. Using data from a comprehensive, national survey from HIMSS Analytics, we analyzed the extent of health IT adoption for medication safety in U.S. hospitals in 2006. Our findings indicate wide variation in health IT adoption by type of technology and geographic location. Hospital size, ownership, teaching status, system membership, payer mix, and accreditation status are associated with health IT adoption, although these relationships differ by type of technology. Hospitals in states with patient safety initiatives have greater adoption rates.

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    • "This may reflect an ability to negotiate better prices or learn from other system-member's adoption. Furukawa et al. [33] examined the extent of health IT adoption in US hospitals in 2006. In their paper, they explored how hospital characteristics and geographic location relate to the adoption of health IT with particular focus on medication safety. "
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