He also suggested that the $ 19.2 billion for electronic records in the economic stimulus package in 2009 was money well spent. These results provide an empirical basis for the intervention of the government policy to accelerate the deployment of health care18,000 children die every year in the United States within 28 days after birth. This gives birth to the infant mortality rate in the United States 43 – on par with nations such as Slovakia and Montenegro, and behind most of the European Union. Slow adoption of electronic records compared to other industrial nations plays a substantial role in the low ranking of the United States, the study suggests.

The study compared the rate of infant mortality in hospitals with and without electronic documents in the counties of the United States more than 2,500 over 12 years. The game has detailed data allowed the researchers to control the various factors that may influence child mortality, socioeconomic status as a county.

The increased use of electronic health records would significantly reduce infant mortality in the United States, according to a study published in the Journal of Political Economy.

In addition to improving care, electronic documents would be inexpensive compared to other health interventions, research has found. Miller and Tucker estimate the cost of saving a child through electronic health records approximately $ 531,000. In comparison, a strong expansion of coverage for children cost about $ 1980 840 000 per life saved.

FDA scientist David Graham, MD, called the small but significant for tens of millions of Americans use the drug regularly.

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Miller and Catherine Tucker, Journal Healthcare IT Can save the children? Of Political Economy 119:2.