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Health information technology: fallacies and sober realities

Ben-Tzion Karsh, Matthew B Weinger, Patricia A Abbott, Robert L Wears
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jamia.2010.005637 617-623 First published online: 1 November 2010

Abstract

Current research suggests that the rate of adoption of health information technology (HIT) is low, and that HIT may not have the touted beneficial effects on quality of care or costs. The twin issues of the failure of HIT adoption and of HIT efficacy stem primarily from a series of fallacies about HIT. We discuss 12 HIT fallacies and their implications for design and implementation. These fallacies must be understood and addressed for HIT to yield better results. Foundational cognitive and human factors engineering research and development are essential to better inform HIT development, deployment, and use.

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