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Real-time Information Technology in Healthcare

Organizations worldwide have placed a huge bet on the use of technology by spending an estimated $594 billion in 2010 alone. But what are the keys to making the most of a healthcare information technology investment? A recent survey conducted by McKinsey & Co. and the MIT Center for Digital Business found that companies who had the data they needed and used it to make informed decisions—instead of relying more on intuition and expertise—had the highest productivity and profitability.

Despite research supporting the benefits related to the use of healthcare information technology, we still have a very low percentage of hospitals and physicians using Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.

To drive efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare, we must move the “sharing” of healthcare information from the file room to the hands of those delivering care, real-time. The benefits of healthcare information systems that are properly deployed and used has been well documented and how the sharing of healthcare information benefits individual patients as well as society as a whole. Today, information technology in healthcare must operate on a “real-time” basis rather than in analyzing what happened yesterday, last week, last month, or last quarter—so that providers can make more immediate interventions in the care provided to individuals in all settings—in  the hospital, at the clinic or at home.

Information Technology Requires Some Risk

What's require a fresh look at how healthcare information technology is organized, implemented and used for enabling better care delivery.

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