Health IT Literature Review Report

Interactive Data Visualization on the Health IT Dashboard

The following is communication from the ONC email list.

ONC recently updated its Health IT Dashboard with the results of a comprehensive literature of the impacts of health IT titled: Health Information Technology: An Updated Systematic Review with a Focus on Meaningful Use Functionalities. The literature review updates previous systematic reviews with the new peer review literature published during the 2010 to 2013 time frame.

The literature review results include findings that the majority of new studies indicate that health IT enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research. In addition, this report has a complementary interactive data visualization that allows users to see the value of health IT across these outcomes. The report and data visualization are just one of many examples of what ONC has been doing to show the value of health IT and make data come alive.

Download the full report [PDF — 2.2 MB] from, or dig deeper into the literature with ONC’s interactive data visualization. With the data visualization you can:

  • Read about the effect of health IT on outcomes
  • Use a clickable interactive tree map that shows what Meaningful Use health IT functionalities have positive or negative impacts on healthcare outcomes.

Browse through a sortable and interactive table of 236 new health IT studies to explore what the new research evidence shows regarding the relationship between health IT and quality, safety, and efficiency.

The Health IT Dashboard is an open government initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). ONC established the Dashboard to improve the ability of stakeholders to monitor the impact of federal policies, programs, and research activities related to health IT. Return regularly to explore new data and download new information products as they become available.