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Long-Term Care and Health Information Technology: Opportunities and Responsibilities for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers

January 1, 2013

Long-term and post-acute care providers (LTPAC) need to understand the multiple aspects of health information technology (HIT) in the context of health systems transformation in order to be viable participants. Despite challenges, opportunities for financial and quality improvements for LTPAC providers exist.

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Key Takeaways

HIT is not the goal itself, but a means to the goals of better health, better care, and lower costs.
Moving to HIT involves business operations, technical, funding, legal, policy, and governance issues.
In nursing homes, the use of HIT for physician orders, records, labs, medication, and daily care by CNAs was <50%.

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