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.

However, experts 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.


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