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Electronic health records aren’t saving money or time

This article originally appeared on heartland.org.

One of the things favored by supporters of government-directed medical care is electronic health records. For at least a decade I’ve been hearing about the supposedly marvelous benefits of storing health records in digital form, and the Obama administration and others have positively gushed about how much money and time will be saved, and how much the quality of care will improve.

Reality has now intruded.

EHRs Don’t Save Money or Time, Docs Say

Three-fourths of U.S. physicians who use electronic health records (EHRs) said they aren’t cost-effective and don’t save time, but the majority said they still believe they have value in terms of providing data, a recent survey found.

The consulting firm Deloitte surveyed 561 physicians online and found that while 75% using EHRs believed that they actually increase costs, 70% said they “provide useful analytics” and 60% believed EHRs “support value-based care,” according to the survey…

You can read the whole story here (free signup required): MedPage Today.

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