Although nursing homes play a critical role in healthcare, they do not receive the same financial incentives as hospitals to adopt information technology systems. Nonetheless, IT-based resident care is becoming more widespread and is having a positive impact on patient outcomes as seen in quality measures.

There are about 16,000 nursing homes across the country providing care to more than 1 million Americans, according to Greg Alexander, professor in the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing, who led the first national study of resident care linking IT sophistication and quality measures.

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