Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Computers do not save hospitals money?

Now here's an interesting report in the U.S from Harvard that has looked at the cost benefit of computerisation in hospitals. They studied 4,000 hospitals in the U.S over a four-year period and found that the massive spending required to install and run an IT system in a hospital outweighed the supposed cost savings of doing it and didn't produce more efficient outcomes.

Of course this is the private sector who never spend money on things in health that have negative cost beneifts because they're only driven by their evil desire for profit. I'm sure the NHS could take some lessons from this report on how not to waste money on IT, but I doubt it will.
Via ComputerWorld

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