This case study examined how particular health information technology (HIT) tools are being used in nursing homes and home health agencies, and uses qualitative data to identify the costs and benefits associated with their use.
The types of benefits and costs of HIT implementation in nursing homes and home health agencies are generally reported to be the same as those reported in hospitals and physician offices. The scope of these benefits may be greater in long-term care (LTC) because care is provided by interdisciplinary teams of clinicians who are often geographically dispersed. Benefits were reported to outweigh costs.
Report Title: Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology in Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies: Case Study Findings http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2009/HITcsf.htm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Vidhya Alakeson
Performer: University of Colorado
Record ID: 9334 (Report issued October 30, 2009)