The Role of Information Technology in Facilitating Care Coordination


The health system in the United States generally does a poor job of ensuring that patient care is properly coordinated. Health information technology, particularly electronic medical records (EMRs), may enable providers to coordinate care better by improving the flow of information among a patient's various health care providers and sites of care. Still, not much research has been done to examine providers' use of EMR systems to improve care coordination. To learn how EMRs are being used to coordinate care, how they might be enhanced to facilitate coordination, and what else is required for proper care coordination, the project team will conduct interviews with physician practices that are using EMRs, with EMR vendors, and with health care experts. The findings will help providers and policymakers optimize EMRs for care coordination.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Center for Studying Health System Change
Principal Investigator:
Ann S. O'Malley
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 14, 2007

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