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Building a Health Information Technology Infrastructure in Long-Term Care

June 1, 2014

The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics of nursing homes that were predictors of high versus low levels of technology adoption. There is increasing interest in the potential of health information technology (HIT) to improve quality of care, prevent medical errors, and increase administrative efficiencies in the nursing home setting.

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Key Takeaways

The need to constantly recruit and train new staff poses significant challenges to HIT initiatives.
Many nursing homes do not make IT systems available to direct care staff and accessible at the point of care.
54 of the 84 nursing homes studied had significant gaps in their technology infrastructure.

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