Health Systems Spending Billions to Prepare for the "Last Battle"

Dave Chase, Forbes, April 23, 2012 Matthew Herper‘s May 7th cover story reports on the billionaires at Cerner and Epic created by the HITECH Act. This was the $19 billion portion of the stimulus bill that is providing billions of subsidies for the adoption of electronic health records. When this kind of money is being spent, it begs the question whether health systems are making the best use of that investment in modernizing the US healthcare system. On the one hand, it’s hard to argue with modernizing the record-keeping in healthcare that isn’t far beyond how medicine was recorded in the time of Hippocrates. ... Health