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Impact of eHealth

Posted by AnnieKelleher on 24 Jan 2011 at 12:54 GMT

Nearly all other industries have automated and this has accelerated the pace of myriad interactions and information transfer. Other industries also questioned if, in the end, cost effectiveness was a quantifiable outcome. My sense is that it is not truly quantifiable, but by the time this question can be asked, it's too late. The health care industry has become too complex NOT to automate; and it will cost -- in dollars, in IT support/storage/maint, as well as the implicit cost of fewer and fewer direct interactions between providers and patients. This final issue also exists in all other automated industries. Secure information? Nothing is secure.

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