Benefits of hospital IT systems

In this multi-institutional cross-sectional analysis, researchers measured physician’s use of IT (CPOE, decision support, and automated notes). They found automated notes decreased in-hospital mortality (15% for every 10 point increase in use), CPOE decreased MI death by 9% and CABG death by 55%, and decision support decreased in-hospital complications by 16%. They all reduced cost. Although we cannot prove causality, this is the best evidence to date to turn IT non-believers into believers (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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