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Nursing Home Implementation of Health Information Technology: Review of the Literature Finds Inadequate Investment in Preparation, Infrastructure, and Training

June 1, 2018

Health information technology (HIT) is increasingly adopted by nursing homes to improve safety, quality of care, and staff productivity. This study examined processes of HIT implementation in nursing homes, impact on the nursing home workforce, and related evidence on quality of care. The literature review includes 46 research articles on nursing home implementation of HIT.

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Key Takeaways

There is mixed evidence on whether HIT affects staff productivity, and no evidence that HIT increases turnover.
There is modest evidence that HIT may foster teamwork and communication.
There is no evidence that the impact of HIT on staff or workflows improves quality of care or health outcomes.

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