California HealthCare Foundation Report Examines Use of Information Technology in Small Physician Practices
As "traditional barriers like cost and complexity" have decreased, more small physician practices have implemented information technology systems, according to a new report released by the California HealthCare Foundation and First Consulting Group. The report, titled "Achieving Tangible IT Benefits in Small Physician Practices," found that many small physician practices have access to IT systems that only larger practices could afford in the past. In addition, the report highlights "creative new IT initiatives" implemented by small physician practices nationwide to improve the quality and efficiency of care. According to the report, which includes several case studies, Web-based technology, increased Internet access, mobile computing devices and modular, tool-based products have encouraged small physician practices to implement IT systems. The report is available online.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.