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Where’s the Beef in EHR Savings?

A recent NY Times article, In Second Look, Few Savings from Digital Health Records, focuses on a new RAND report.  It asks that age old question: Where’s the beef? In other words, when will we see financial benefits from our investment in health information technology? I think we’re all impatient.  It’s not just the economic gains we want; it’s the personal gains we look forward to as patients. But the real savings won’t come from individual healthcare organizations embracing healthcare technology – that’s a “get on board” cost before the organizations are connected to one another. True, electronic health records (EHRs) cut down on costs for things like transcription and medical records storage, and they can also help make sure that providers are appropriately billing. (Where do you find any other profession that doesn’t bill the full price for services because someone lost […]