The value of electronic health records


Johnston, D., Byrne, C., Pan, E., Vincent, A., & Middleton, B. (2010). The value of electronic health records. In P. L. Yong, L. A. Olsen, & J. M. McGinnis (Eds.), Value in Health Care: Accounting for Cost, Quality, Safety, Outcomes, and Innovation (pp. 174-188). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.


Has the U.S. healthcare system finally reached an inflection point in the decades-long effort to adopt health information technology (IT)? Very likely, given unprecedented state, regional, and federal initiatives to support and fund health IT. Many states and regions have invested in consortia and collaborations to further the use of electronic prescribing, electronic health records, and health information exchange (Healthcare Information and Management System Society, 2008).1 At the federal level, most significant is the recently passed American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act (ARRA), whose provisions show the federal government’s commitment to a multi-year, multibillion-dollar investment in health IT (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 2009)...