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Information fragmentation adds to costs: study
Modern Healthcare

Fragmentation of medical information persists in adult acute-care settings, resulting in higher medical costs and increased likelihood of adverse events, according to newly released research. In a study published in the Dec. 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston found that of the nearly 3.7 million patients who sought treatment in acute-care settings in Massachusetts during a five-year period, more than 30% visited more than one hospital. And 1%—43,794 patients—visited five or more hospitals during the study period.