Also In the News: Boosting health IT won't be easy
President-elect Barack Obama’s plan to increase the use of health
information technology will be difficult to implement, CNN reports. The
current low level of adoption of electronic health records by hospitals
and physicians, concerns over patient privacy, and the lack of skilled
workers who can build the technology threaten to hinder progress.
It also won’t be cheap, CNN said, citing studies that put the cost
of the plan from at least $75 billion to as much as $100 billion over
the 10 years it could take to implement it.
in health IT also point to the $200 billion to $300 billion a year
savings the Obama plan could produce, and that in fact much of the hard
early work needed has already been done, according to CNN.