Computerizing Medical Records Could Save $81 Billion Annually and Improve the Quality of Medical Care
Sep 13, 2005
Is There a Case for More-Aggressive Government Action?
Published in: Health Affairs, v. 24, no. 5, Sep./Oct. 2005, p. 1234-1245
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2004
Health information technology (HIT) could save $81-$162 billion or more annually while greatly reducing morbidity and mortality. However, gaining these benefits requires broad adoption, effective implementation, and associated changes in health care processes and structures. The policy options that could speed the adoption of HIT and the realization of these benefits include incentives to promote standard-based electronic medical record (EMR) system adoption; subsidies to develop information-exchange networks; and programs to measure, report, and reward performance. Investments in these and other identified policy options should pay for themselves while also laying the foundation for needed transformation of the U.S. health care system.