FACTS AND STATS
New electronic record systems installed in thousands of U.S. hospitals have done little to rein in skyrocketing healthcare costs, Harvard University researchers said in a study published in The American Journal of Medicine.A review of roughly 4,000 hospitals from 2003 to 2007 found that while many had moved away from the paper files that still dominate the U.S. healthcare system, administrative costs actually rose, even among the most high-tech institutions. Hospitals with the highest costs tended to be smaller, for-profit, non-teaching ones in cities.
Source:Hospital Computing and the Costs and Quality of
Care: A National Study
Date: November 20, 2009
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