A comprehensive literature review prepared for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology by the RAND Corporation has found that the majority of new studies indicate that health I.T. "enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research."

The purpose of the literature review was to update previous systematic reviews focusing on the effects of health I.T. on key aspects of care, including health care quality, safety, and efficiency. "Unlike reviews conducted prior to the introduction of the federal Meaningful Use Incentive Programs, this review focused specifically on identifying and summarizing the evidence relating to the use of health I.T. as outlined in the Meaningful Use regulations," states the report.

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