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Recent Evidence That Health IT Improves Patient Safety: Issue Brief.

Banger A; Graber ML; Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; ONC.

Rapid implementation of health information technology (IT) has presented several unanticipated safety issues. This publication explores and summarizes the current evidence around health IT and patient safety. Despite reported challenges, the authors found that health IT enhances patient safety and suggest that future research should consider the unintended consequences of health IT use, particularly the effect of human and contextual factors on implementation.