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Health Information Technology Use for Quality Assurance and Improvement 

Health Information Technology Use for Quality Assurance and Improvement
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Health Information Technology Use for Quality Assurance and Improvement
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Christine A. Doyle

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10.1093/med/9780199366149.003.0015
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date: 29 November 2020

Health information technology (HIT) has become an important part of patient care, and can provide useful solutions for a quality assurance and improvement (QA&I) program by illustrating current quality and demonstrating gaps in quality that can be targeted for improvement. Like any other information technology project, however, HIT solutions can give misleading results if the wrong information is selected for review or if there are systematic errors in data handling. Although many health information systems are sometimes maligned as a glorified statistical tool or billing document, well-designed and implemented anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), perioperative electronic health records (EHR), and other software solutions can provide an excellent vehicle for use in quality programs. When planning the implementation of a major HIT project, it is usually best to start at the “end”—the desired workflow and goals of the project—and then work backward.

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