If they save money and don't kill you, digital records could save healthcare

Study shows no improvement in care; but ignores main goal

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If there are investigations to be carried out of the legal or economic variety, rather than medical, it's the failure to upgrade we should be looking at, not changes in the quality of care that are only partially relevant.

The Stanford study is probably right that switching to digital records alone won't improve the quality of patient care.

Not doing it will continue to make care so expensive that insurance companies get to continue to call as many of the shots as doctors and whether or not to go see someone about a cold that might be pneumonia becomes a major economic question, not just one that depends on how gross things get when you sneeze.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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