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July 13, 2005

Computers and Clinical Work

JAMA. 2005;294(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.181-a

To the Editor: In their Editorial on computer technology and clinical work,1 Drs Wears and Berg write that “roughly 75% of all large IT [information technology] projects in health care fail” and cite a 2003 BMJ publication2 as their source for this figure. The original article indeed states that “when systems are evaluated, three quarters are considered to have failed.” However, that article’s authors cite an unpublished discussion paper on the “feasibility of IT research” from 1993 as their source for the failure rate.3