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- Clinical Information Systems
Journal Article > Review
Black AD, Car J, Pagliari C, et al. PLoS Med. 2011;8:e1000387.
Rapid adoption of digital health care technologies ("eHealth") to improve the quality and safety of care continues at an unprecedented pace. While many eHealth technologies require substantial investment, their adoption is often justified by beliefs that they support efficient and cost-effective care. Research focusing on different eHealth strategies, such as computerized provider order entry, electronic health records, e-prescribing, and clinical decision support systems, continues to grow. This study conducted a systematic review of 53 past systematic reviews assessing the impact of eHealth technologies. Investigators found that most clinical claims made about commonly used technologies were not substantiated by empirical evidence. Furthermore, their findings suggest poor grounds for arguing cost-effectiveness and raise additional concerns about the unintended risks introduced by new technologies. The authors advocate for continued vigilance in evaluating eHealth as a tool to improve patient care, including thoughtful incorporation of these evaluations into policy decisions and spending. A past AHRQ WebM&M interview discussed computerization in health care.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. June 7, 2011:D3.
Special or Theme Issue
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. March 16, 2011.
This collection provides information on programs and tools to improve medication safety.
Journal Article > Review
Hwang RW, Herndon JH. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007;457:21-34.
The authors discuss the financial incentives of improving patient outcomes as the business case for patient safety.
Stires D. Fortune Magazine. May 15, 2006:130-132, 134, 136.
This article reports on the U.S. Veterans Health Administration's successful adoption of health information technology and how it has improved care.
Cases & Commentaries
- Spotlight Case
- Web M&M
Ronald L. Arenson, MD; March 2006
A patient with metastatic cancer admitted for pain control develops acute shortness of breath. The overnight resident reads the CT as a large pulmonary embolism, but the next morning, the attending reads it differently.
Journal Article > Study
Raab SS, Grzybicki DM, Zarbo RJ, Meier FA, Geyer SJ, Jensen C. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2005;129:1246-1251.
This AHRQ-funded project describes the development of a national Web-based anatomic pathology database and how the information captured provided opportunities for intervention. Investigators first categorized the data into error types and frequency and also estimated the discrepancy rates with interpretation of recorded specimens. Subsequent root cause analyses identified system factors that contributed to the errors, and the authors share several quality improvement strategies implemented in response. While the study data derive only from self-reported institutional errors, the opportunity to expand the process to additional institutions may identify shared system deficiencies or specific error types that warrant greater attention. The process outlined resembles in many ways the efforts of reporting systems in general as a mechanism to learn and improve from past experiences with errors.