The Many Benefits of Health Care IT

4/9/2012 12:00 AM

From America's Agenda: Health Care for All: Health information technology, including interoperable electronic records, e-prescribing, physician order entry systems, and clinical decision support systems can reduce errors, improve coordination, and diminish administrative inefficiencies. The RAND Corporation reports that properly implemented and widely adopted, HIT would save money and significantly improve health care quality. Annual savings from efficiency alone could be $77 billion or more, and health and safety benefits could double savings while reducing illness and prolonging life.