The Lowdown on EMRs

Will they really lower costs and increase the quality of health care?

Jordan C. Apfeld, BA; A. Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC; and Manish K. Sethi, MD

In 2005, a RAND Corp. report predicted that widespread use of electronic medical records (EMRs) could save the U.S. healthcare system $81 billion per year. Although use of EMRs has increased steadily (Fig. 1), a new RAND analysis finds those earlier predictions overly optimistic.

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