Thursday, May 16, 2013

Halamka, Hoyt: EHRs Benefiting Patients

John D. Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and John P. Hoyt, EVP of HIMSS Analytics, have seen what health IT can and will accomplish and are asking Congress to consider the "many positives of health IT" as reduced ACA-related spending is discussed.

Halamka and Hoyt point out that without health IT investment healthcare transformation is impossible and enumerate the elements to calculate the full value of health IT.

"Congress needs to consider the positives of health IT when considering reductions in ACA-related spending, especially as it comes to widespread use of EHRs. Change obviously has immediate costs, but investments in updated technology now will improve patient care in the long run." - John Halamka and John Hoyt
They note that electronic medical record (EHR) systems are helping to rein in costs and improve quality and safety of patient care.
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Sources:
(a) Don't Forget Electronic Health Records Are Benefiting Patients - www.ihealthbeat.org, 05/15/2013

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