The effects of health IT adoption on hospital readmission reduction: Evidence from U.S. Panel data

Yongjin Park, Youngsok Bang, Juhee Kwon

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Abstract

U.S. government subsidies under the HITECH Act of 2009 have boosted hospitals' IT investments, which are expected to improve the quality of care as well as the effectiveness of healthcare management. Given the rush to adopt health information technology (HIT) throughout the continuum of care across healthcare providers, this study tries to identify the spillover effects of HIT adoption on quality of care. Using 1,965 U.S. hospital data in 232 health referral regions (HRRs), we examine how a hospital's and its neighboring hospitals' HIT adoptions interact with each other and how they impact readmission rates. We find that a hospital's readmission rate is reduced by both its own and neighbors' HIT adoption. Such effects become greater along with the focal hospital's own adoption. We further investigate how spillover effects vary with HRRs' different market structures and hospitals' meaningful-use status. Our findings offer theoretical and managerial insights for both healthcare researchers and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2019
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages6687-6696
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133126
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2019 - Maui, United States
Duration: 2019 Jan 82019 Jan 11

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2019-January
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference52nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui
Period19/1/819/1/11

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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