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Just how well do EMRs Work?

by John Goodman

John Goodman is the president of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

To visit the Marshfield Clinic, a longtime innovator in health information technology, is to glimpse medicine’s digital future.

A computerized patient record is a continuously updated document that includes the patient’s health history, medications, lab tests, treatment guidelines and doctors’ and nurses’ notes. However, there is no crisp, conclusive cost-benefit arithmetic. Marshfield can point to various measurable savings, but has scant proof they outweigh the millions spent in the past and the $50 million-a-year technology budget. Link


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