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Digital waste? Unintended consequences of health information technology / Petri Böckerman (University of Jyväskylä, Labour Institute for Economic Research and IZA), Mika Kortelainen (VATT Institute for Economic Research), Liisa T. Laine (University of Pennsylvania), Mikko Nurminen (Turku School of Economics), Tanja Saxell (VATT Institute for Economic Research) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBöckerman, Petri ; Kortelainen, Mika ; Laine, Liisa T. ; Nurminen, Mikko ; Saxell, Tanja
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, April 2019
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Umfang1 Online-Ressource (70 Seiten) : Diagramme, Karten
SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12275
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-187549 
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We exploit a large-scale natural experiment - the rollout of a nationwide electronic prescribing system in Finland - to study how digitization of prescriptions affects pharmaceutical use and health outcomes. We use comprehensive administrative data from patients treated with benzodiazepines, which are globally popular, effective but addictive psychotropic medications. We find no impact on benzodiazepine use on average, but among younger patients e-prescribing increases repeat prescription use. Younger patients health outcomes do not improve but adverse outcomes, such as prescription drug abuse disorders and suicide attempts, increase dramatically. Improving access to medication through easier ordering may thus increase medication overuse.