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Can Healthcare IT Save Babies?


Amalia R. Miller


University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Catherine Tucker


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Management Science (MS)

April 14, 2011


Abstract:     
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) facilitate fast and accurate access to patient records, which could improve diagnosis and patient monitoring. Using a 12-year county-level panel, we find that a 10 percent increase in births that occur in hospitals with EMRs reduces neonatal mortality by 16 deaths per 100,000 live births. This is driven by a reduction of deaths from conditions requiring careful monitoring. We also find a strong decrease in mortality when we instrument for EMRs adoption using variation in state medical privacy laws. Rough cost-effectiveness calculations suggest that EMRs are associated with a cost of $531,000 per baby's life saved.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 60

Keywords: Healthcare IT, Infant Mortality, Hospital Quality, Technology Diffusion, Privacy Protection

JEL Classification: I1, K2, L5, O3

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Date posted: January 3, 2008 ; Last revised: July 30, 2012

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Miller, Amalia R. and Tucker, Catherine, Can Healthcare IT Save Babies? (April 14, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1080262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1080262

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Amalia R. Miller (Contact Author)
University of Virginia (UVA) - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 400182
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
United States
HOME PAGE: http://people.virginia.edu/~am5by/
Catherine Tucker
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Management Science (MS) ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
HOME PAGE: http://cetucker.scripts.mit.edu
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