Michael Weiner, MD, MPH; Christopher M. Callahan, MD; William M. Tierney, MD; J Marc Overhage, MD; Burke Mamlin, MD; Paul R. Dexter, MD; Clement J. McDonald, MD
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Weiner M, Callahan CM, Tierney WM, Overhage JM, Mamlin B, Dexter PR, et al. Using Information Technology To Improve the Health Care of Older Adults. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139:430-436. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-139-5_Part_2-200309021-00010
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(5_Part_2):430-436.
To provide effective health care, providers must manage an ever-growing volume of medical information. Typically, this information is distributed across many isolated sources, including paper and electronic medical records belonging to different organizations, textbooks, and journals (1). Instead of enlightening its users, poorly organized or variably accessible information can obscure and confuse (2). The time needed to record, retrieve, and integrate clinical information accounts for more than one third of the physician's workday (3), and data management costs hospitals approximately one third of their budgets (4-5). The Institute of Medicine (6) suggests that new investments in information systems are the best route to improved safety, quality, and efficiency of the health care system.
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