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Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, And Costs

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am

Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, And Costs: "We considered two kinds of interventions intended to keep people healthy (or healthier): disease prevention measures and chronic disease management. These interventions are key to understanding HIT’s potential. First, they would exploit important features and capabilities of EMR systems: communication, coordination, measurement, and decision support. Second, they are potentially high-leverage areas for improving health care. Physicians deliver recommended care only about half of the time, and care for patients with chronic illnesses absorbs more than 75 percent of the nation’s health care dollars. Third, evidence from regional health information network (RHIN) demonstrations suggests that these are key applications of HIT."
A one-word summary of the article would be - Yes !

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