A new study of cost data for 4,000 hospitals contends there is no evidence that computerization has lowered costs or streamlined administration. The study, published Nov. 20 and based on data from 2003 to 2007, also claims there is no strong evidence that increased computerization leads to increased quality.

Further, hospitals that increased their computerization more rapidly had larger increases in administrative costs, according to researchers from Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Partners Healthcare System in Boston.

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