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Health Care: While Electronic Health Records Failed, Analytics May Succeed

By Dick Weisinger

In 2009, as part of an effort to rebuild American infrastructure, the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act” went into effect.  One major goal of the law was to improve healthcare by digitizing health records.

Eight years later, electronic health records still represents a problem not completely solved.

The goals of HITECH and the rollout of electronic health records (EHRs) included the following:

  1. Improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health delivery
  2. Engage patients and families in their health
  3. Improve coordination of health care
  4. Improve population and public health
  5. Develop privacy and security protection for personal health information

But a recent self-evaluation survey of more than 1000 health care professionals gave themselves failing grades for their EHR implementations.  The survey, performed by Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City, found that only 10 percent of health professionals thought that their EHR implementations provided any ROI.  19 percent rated their implementations as ‘terrible’.

But while EHRs may have failed, many health professionals are optimistic about the potential benefits of applying data analytics to health care.  83 percent said that they thought that analytics had good potential.



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