Obama And The Impact Of Technology

Hospitals and businesses are always looking for a way to reduce costs. It is so frustrating to not be able to find the person or paper work that we need. It is always about communication and why the push for better systems. Want to quantify the loss of the lack of technology? A recent study from the Center For Health Information and Decision Systems at the University Of Maryland found that US hospitals lose over $12 billion annually as a result of poor communications. A major proportion of this loss is due to increase in hospital length of stay, followed by wasted physician and wasted nurse time. The loss for a 500 bed hospital is estimated at approximately $4 million annually. This study suggests that improving the quality of communications requires both technological solutions and a detailed clinical process understanding. Check out the whole study at: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/chids/research/researchbriefings.aspx.

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