Digital health records not upholding promises on lower costs, better care

Electronic health records have not brought the expected reductions in costs or improvements in health care, according to a RAND Corp. analysis.The report concludes that current systems were slow to be adopted and “neither interconnected nor easy to use.”A 2005 analysis by RAND researchers predicted that a broad adoption of health care information technology could eventually save $81 billion annually in US health care costs.The latest report cites the need for health care providers to “re-engineer” processes based on a “compelling vision” that could still meet the original promise of (Read more...)

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