EM1601G "Health Information Technology: Has Its Adoption Been Worth It?" (IM GR-012916)

The last decade has seen the rapidly accelerating adoption of health information technology in the practice of medicine. Several federal initiatives and regulations have helped accelerate its implementation. A number of unintended consequences have resulted from this process and have had a profound impact on the practice of medicine. While many benefits have resulted from the utilization of health information technology in patient care as well as in business intelligence, the results have been mixed. The medical community is still adapting to the impact of health information technology. Health information technology holds considerable promise (which is yet to be fully utilized) in delivering high-quality safe care with the potential for cost savings, improving population health and the realization of operational efficiency. Despite the mixed results, considerable information has accumulated in our individual data systems. Collective knowledge is hampered by imperfect interoperability of this information. Disease registries and individual data warehouse initiatives have provided considerable insight in population health and hold the promise for the creation of a learning health care system. While the future is uncertain, it is likely that interoperability will be realized and the investment in technology will bear fruit.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Recognize the factors that accelerated the adoption of electronic health records in medical practice.
  • Understand the regulations behind the use of health information technology.
  • Identify the unintended consequences of health information technology.
  • Appreciate the utility of disease registries.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Salahuddin Kazi, M.D.Salahuddin Kazi, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Division of Rheumatology

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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