Hospitals spending big money on new computer systems

Steven Syre, Boston Globe, June 8, 2012 Hospitals are always angling to get their hands on the latest, greatest piece of medical hardware, and are willing to spend big bucks for it. But the new must-have products don’t perform tests or assist in medical procedures. I’m talking about computer systems that run clinical and business operations at hospitals and health care networks. The health care world is changing fast, and information technology is the organizational backbone that hospitals are depending upon to help them adapt. The federal government is pushing for electronic health records and new reimbursement systems that emphasize flat fees ... Hospitals