Can Health Care Information Technology Save Babies?
Author(s)Miller, Amalia R.; Tucker, Catherine Elizabeth
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Electronic medical records (EMRs) facilitate fast and accurate access to patient records, which could improve diagnosis and patient monitoring. Using a 12-year county-level panel, we find that a 10 percent increase in births that occur in hospitals with EMRs reduces neonatal mortality by 16 deaths per 100,000 live births. This is driven by a reduction of deaths from conditions requiring careful monitoring. We also find a strong decrease in mortality when we instrument for EMR adoption using variation in state medical privacy laws. Rough cost-effectiveness calculations suggest that EMRs are associated with a cost of $531,000 per baby’s life saved.
DepartmentSloan School of Management
Journal of Political Economy
University of Chicago Press
Miller, Amalia R., and Catherine E. Tucker. “Can Health Care Information Technology Save Babies?” The Journal of Political Economy 119.2 (2011) : 289-324.
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