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Examining the Effects of IT Integration in Healthcare Systems on Patient Outcomes and Labor Market Outcomes




15: Management

Faculty Supervisor:

Joseph Doyle

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Joseph Doyle, jjdoyle@mit.edu

Project Description

The project aims to understand the effects of health information technology (IT) on healthcare productivity measured as improvements in patient health and healthcare costs. The project has two parts. First, we are completing a new database on healthcare privacy laws across states over time. This is a team effort with up to 3 UROPs, a PhD student, and four professors using legal-scholarship software to code changes in laws over time. This provides in-depth understanding of healthcare policy changes and the raw material for further analysis in part two. The second part of the project will use large surveys of hospitals over time to estimate the effects of health IT adoption on patient health and healthcare costs and employment. A key idea is to use the database constructed in part one in order to use variation in health IT adoption that stems from both changes in privacy laws and the onset of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which provided $19.2 billion to increase the implementation of electronic medical records. We will also use the strategy to discover the effects of health IT on the public health response to the current pandemic. The UROP is available for pay or course credit, and will entail 10-20 hours per week.


Familiarity with using/searching databases is helpful.