National report identifies Regenstrief Institute as health care information leader

Indianapolis -- A new Rand Corporation report, Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology, and a study published in the May 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine which summarizes the report, identify the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., of Indianapolis, an internationally recognized health-care information pioneer, as the source of nearly one-fourth of the high quality evidence on the impact of information technology on the quality of health care. That information informs decision-makers and health-care providers as they adopt technology to make the delivery of the nation's health care safer, more effective and more efficient.

The new report, funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), looked at studies that have examined the impact of health-care technology on the quality of health care, as well as the costs and organizational changes needed to implement information technology systems for heath care for the smaller medical practices and hospitals that constitute the majority of the nation's health care providers.

A previous Rand study reported that wide spread adoption of electronic medical records and other health information technology could improve the quality of medical care and save more than $81 billion annually.

"Computer storage of medical records has already transformed patient care and research within institutions by providing instant access to the patient data needed to manage and study patients' acute (immediate) medical problems," said Regenstrief Institute Director Clement J. McDonald, M.D., Distinguished Professor and professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "The next step is to provide the same access across institutions to provide the same capabilities wherever the patient presents for care in order to improve prevention and the care of chronic (long term) medical conditions."

Over the past three decades, the institute's research scientists have develo

Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
Indiana University

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