One of the package of health care "reforms" that will increase quality, provide care for all and save money is the widespread implementation of electronic medical records (EMR). The other major elements are comparative effectiveness research and preventive medicine.
Here is one economist's take on one aspect of the EMR issue.As much as
"change" was heralded as a major characteristic of the new administration it appears that some things change very little.Lobbyists still stalk the halls of government and sometimes score big.
Whether the massive savings alleged by the proponents of the health care reform will accrue from EMRs or not will have to be seen in time. We do not have to wait to see how certain purveyors of these systems will make out. See here for a Washington Post article on the efforts,some of which have been years in the making, to cash in on the federal outlay of
See a detailed discussion of this special interest issue as well as concerns about the safety of this rush to implementation of EMR by one expert on this subject at Health Care Renewal.