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The impact of healthcare IT on clinical quality, productivity and workers

Bronsoler, Ari, Doyle, Joseph and Van Reenen, John ORCID: 0000-0001-9153-2907 (2021) The impact of healthcare IT on clinical quality, productivity and workers. CEP Discussion Papers (1801). Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London, UK.

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Abstract

Adoption of health information and communication technologies ('HICT') has surged over the past two decades. We survey the medical and economic literature on HICT adoption and its impact on clinical outcomes, productivity and labor. We find that HICT improves clinical outcomes and lowers healthcare costs, but (i) the effects are modest so far, (ii) it takes time for these effects to materialize, and (iii) there is much variation in the impact. More evidence on the causal effects of HICT on productivity is needed to guide further adoption. There is little econometric work directly investigating the impact of HICT on labor, but what there is suggests no substantial negative effects on employment and earnings. Overall, while healthcare is 'exceptional' in many ways, we are struck by the similarities to the wider findings on ICT and productivity stressing the importance of complementary factors (e.g. management and skills) in determining HICT impacts.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: https://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/discussion...
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 12:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 00:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113859

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