Information technology and medical missteps: evidence from a randomized trial.

@article{Javitt2008InformationTA,
  title={Information technology and medical missteps: evidence from a randomized trial.},
  author={Jonathan C. Javitt and James B. Rebitzer and Lonny Reisman},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={2008},
  volume={27 3},
  pages={585-602}
}
We analyze the effect of a decision support tool designed to help physicians detect and correct medical "missteps". The data comes from a randomized trial of the technology on a population of commercial HMO patients. The key findings are that the new information technology lowers average charges by 6% relative to the control group. This reduction in resource utilization was the result of reduced in-patient charges (and associated professional charges) for the most costly patients. The rate at… CONTINUE READING

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