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      Can electronic medical record systems transform health care? Potential health benefits, savings, and costs.

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          To broadly examine the potential health and financial benefits of health information technology (HIT), this paper compares health care with the use of IT in other industries. It estimates potential savings and costs of widespread adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, models important health and safety benefits, and concludes that effective EMR implementation and networking could eventually save more than $81 billion annually--by improving health care efficiency and safety--and that HIT-enabled prevention and management of chronic disease could eventually double those savings while increasing health and other social benefits. However, this is unlikely to be realized without related changes to the health care system.

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          Journal
          Health Aff (Millwood)
          Health affairs (Project Hope)
          Health Affairs (Project Hope)
          0278-2715
          0278-2715
          September 16 2005
          : 24
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] RAND, Santa Monica, California, USA. Richard_Hillestad@rand.org
          Article
          24/5/1103
          10.1377/hlthaff.24.5.1103
          16162551
          d094e182-b725-4ee2-9030-fd73c21eba0b

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