Again and again you see the statement that information technology will not only avoid medication errors but stop the upward trend of healthcare costs. As a headline in the April issue of Health Affairs points out, an opportunity will be missed if health IT simply automates a broken system. In another article in the same issue, the authors caution that after four years of experience, the effect on patient safety, while positive, is small, and they recommend that the investment in IT should be accompanied by an investment in the evidence base to permit definitive evaluation. But that hasn't stopped politicians from latching on to IT as a panacea.
The magic of IT Warren Ross Medical Marketing and Media; May 2009; 44, 5; Docstoc pg. 70 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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