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November 10, 2004

Health Care Information Technology: Progress and Barriers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

JAMA. 2004;292(18):2273-2274. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2273

In the 3 decades since the term “medical informatics” was first used, individuals working at the intersection of information technology (IT) and medicine have developed and evaluated computer applications aiming to improve health and health care.1 The road to successful use of IT in medicine has not been easy, with examples of failures in both computer systems and networks.2,3 However, a variety of applications from the field of medical informatics have matured in recent years.4