The failure of health information information technology to quickly deliver on its promise is not caused by its lack of potential, but rather because of the shortcomings in the design of the IT systems that are currently in place.
Arthur L. Kellerman, MD, MPH
Electronic health records have not led to the expected reductions in costs or improvements in healthcare. This is the finding of a RAND Corporation analysis. A 2005 RAND analysis had predicted that broad adoption of health care information technology could save $81 billion (USD) in annual costs in the USA.
The report saud that in the 7 years since the original report, health care spending in the USA has increased by $800 billion [they do not note how much electronic health records may have helped or hurt that number}, and feels that improvements are needed: 1)Health data stored in one system should be retrievable by others; 2) Patients should have ready access to their electronic health information; and 3) Heath information technology systems must be re-engineered to aid the work of clinicians, not hinder it. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.
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