Electronic Health Records Need Help

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been held up for some time as a great cost saving measure, but so far they have failed to deliver. The RAND corporation had produced a study in 2005 that projected the benefits of EHRs, but a second study just conducted, again by RAND, shows no such thing. It's down to the sort of elements you can probably guess: an aging population, shoddy implementation of the technology in the first place, and consequently a lack of adoption - even after incentives provided by the US government's HITECH Act. If done right, there probably are savings and benefits to be had - it's just getting the doggone thing on track.

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