Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 386–394 | Cite as

Using Information Technology to Improve the Quality of Pediatric Healthcare

  • Eric S. KirkendallEmail author
Quality Improvement (DH Davis and J Lavelle, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Quality Improvement

Opinion statement

Purpose of the review

Purpose of the review The goal of this article is to provide the reader an up-to-date overview of the role that health information technology (HIT) plays in modern-day healthcare quality improvement (QI) work and processes. The reader should be able to understand the unique benefits and challenges that HIT can impart on QI efforts, as well as calibrate their expectations appropriately. Examples will be grounded in recent informatics evidence and standard practices.

Recent findings

Recent findings Technology has been shown to an effective enabler and potentiator for quality improvement in initiatives and programs such as population health management, research, and QI networks, and minimizing use of unproven therapies (e.g., unindicated antibiotics), for example. HIT challenges remain that can limit this positive effect, including data management and quality issues, technical interoperability barriers, and the general nature of quality reporting as it exists today.


Summary Information technology in the form of electronic health records and other systems are ubiquitous and powerful enablers of quality improvement efforts in healthcare. When these digital tools are applied according to best practices and in an evidence-based manner, they can have profound impacts on both quality improvement processes and outcomes. Technology and the general healthcare environment are rapidly changing, though, and further study of the intersection of HIT and QI will continue to inform us of the real promise and pitfalls of this intersection.


Health information technology Quality improvement Electronic health record Electronic medical record 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Eric Kirkendall declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Human/Animal Rights

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Department of PediatricsUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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