According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, physicians say, by a margin of 2 to 1, that the increased use of heath information technology is a positive for overall quality of care. As has been demonstrated on multiple occasions, infusing technology in healthcare can also save money and provide great benefits to patients beyond better health outcomes, such as limiting the need for the elderly travel to a doctor’s office for a routine visit or keeping those who are better convalescing at home in place.
Yet where greater use of health technologies is concerned consumers often seem to be promised big advances and told of coming innovations only to see that they are actually years away from being real. That is to say, despite a clear indication of its value, the implementation seems to be delayed or even simply fail to materialize. Just one example is the ever-elusive promise of electronic health records.