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Despite Huge Investments in Electronic Health Records, Cost Savings Still Elusive

“Even though billions of dollars are being invested in electronic health records, the promise of cost savings has not reached its potential due in part to “sluggish adoption of health IT systems” and a U.S. health system that needs to change the way it provides medical care service, researchers at RAND Corp. say in a new analysis.
Following up on a widely cited 2005 study that showed that rapid adoption of health information technology could save more than $81 billion annually, RAND Corp. researchers write in an analysis and commentary published in the January issue of the journal Health Affairs linked here that more redesign is needed to make the IT systems talk to each other. In addition, doctors and hospitals need to move away from fee-for-service medicine so they have further incentives to operate more efficiently and therefore improve their health IT.”

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Bruce Japsen, Forbes, 7 January 2013
Abstract (Kellermann 2013)

8 January 2013 | Categories: News | Country: United States | EHR: EHR, EHR USA | Tag(s): ACO, Adoption, Costs
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