Reviewing the benefits and costs of electronic health records and associated patient safety technologies

Nir Menachemi, Robert G. Brooks

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In the current paper, we describe the challenges in measuring return on investment (ROI) and review published ROI studies on health IT. In addition, given the absence of a robust ROI literature base, we review the general benefits and potential costs of various health IT applications including electronic health records (EHRs), computerized physicians order entry (CPOE) systems, and clinical decision support systems (CDSS). We conclude that articles examining these benefits are much more common than studies examining ROI itself. This trend suggests the early stage of this knowledge base. Additional research utilizing broader perspectives and multidisciplinary techniques will be needed before a better understanding of ROI from health IT is achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • CDSS
  • CPOE
  • EHR
  • Health information technology
  • Patient safety
  • Return on investment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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