Information Technology (IT) such as computerized physician order entry, computer-based decision support and alerting systems and electronic prescribing can reduce medical errors and improve the quality of health care. However, the business value of these systems is frequently questioned. At present a number of barriers exist to realizing the potential of IT to improve quality of care. Some of these barriers are: the ineffectiveness of existing error reporting systems, low investment in IT infrastructure, legal impediments to reforms and the difficulty in demonstrating a sufficient return on investment to justify expenditures for quality improvement. This paper provides an overview of these issues, a framework for considering business models, and example of successful implementations of IT to improve quality of patient care.
quality of care, computer-based decision support, IT to improve quality of care, quality care improvement
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