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DHC 2007: Without fuller IT adoption, health costs might drain America's wealth

Madison, Wis. - If the pace of healthcare information technology adoption doesn't pick up soon, the United States could reach an unsustainable situation regarding healthcare costs, according to John Wade, who delivered the keynote address Wednesday at Digital Healthcare Conference 2007.

Within healthcare IT, a subjec......

Full article >>> He told the annual gathering of healthcare technologists that examples of the cost and care benefits of health IT abound, yet adoption isn't anywhere near complete. For example, roughly 52.8 percent of American health systems have an enterprise-wide electronic medical record, and about one-third of hospitals still lack a clinical data repository.

Even though the Bush Administration has e......

Full article >>> ions can deploy technology that builds value for them. In the case of Physicians Plus, a Madison-based health maintenance organization, the customers are not doctors but the people who pay the premiums. The organization is trying to leverage the Internet to provide information that can help them make good health and healthcare decisions.

For every $100 of premium, Preizler said eight perc......

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