Health IT Systems: Costs vs. Benefits
In a recent report outlined by iHealthBeat, it was found that 71% of U.S. physicians believe the use and implementation of Health IT systems will raise health care costs. This should come as no surprise. Adding expensive infrastructure costs money. We should be discussing benefits at what cost, not merely focusing on cost alone. The way to measure Health IT investment lies in the changes it brings to care, best stated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple AIM Initiative objectives: Improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.