The HIT field is awash in studies, reports, newsletters, and press clippings. It takes a major effort to stay current, and there is a need for a rating system, or some other discriminating device to lesson the reading load for busy IT stakeholders. In my judgment, these three sites are an essential starting point for any HIT tracking system: the AHRQ National Resource Center for HIT, the Markle Foundation, and the eHealth Initiative. The following articles are my first attempt at a "top ten" reading list. The articles on this list are accessible, insightful, and provocative.
1. Gary Baldwin. (November 1, 2005). Bringing order to CPOE: 10 Make or Break Steps (and 5 myths). HealthLeader
2. Gerard F. Anderson, Bianca K. Frogner, Roger A. Johns, and Uwe E. Reinhardt. (2006, June). Health Care Spending And Use Of Information Technology In OECD Countries. Health Affairs, 25(3), 819-831.
3. Jonathan Oberlander. (2003, August). The Politics of Health Reform: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Plans? Health Affairs Web Exclusive, W3 391-W3 404.
4. Nicholas G. Carr. (2003, May). IT Doesn't Matter. Harvard Business Review, 41-49.
5. Rainu Kaushal, David Blumenthal, & Eric G. Poon. (2005). The Costs of a National Health Information Network. Annals of Internal Medicine, 165-173.
6. Sheera Rosenfeld, Shannah Koss, Karen Caruth, & Gregory Fuller. (2006, January). Evolution of State Health Information Exchange/A Study of Vision, Strategy, and Progress (AHRQ Publication No. 06-0057).
7. (September 2006) Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, CPOE Lessons Learned in Community Hospitals
8. (25 September 06) eHealth Initiative, Improving the Quality of Healthcare Through Health Information Exchange; Third Annual Survey Report
9. (October 2006) National Committee for Quality Health Care, CEO Survival Guide: Electronic Health Record Systems
10. (September/October 2005) Hillestad R. et al, Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, and Costs. Health Affairs