The VA system reports that implementing health information technology has saved them $3billion from 1997-2007 through reductions in duplicated tests and medical errors, as well as operating efficiencies. Technology implemented included computerized patient records, bar coded medications, radiology, laboratory and medication ordering. Imagine the savings we could have in Memphis if all of our systems implemented these same technologies!!! Quality of care also improved during this period. You can track Memphis hosptial progress in implementing computerized provider order entry for medications by reviewing The Leapfrog Hospital Survey results here (see "Prevent Medication Errors"). We have a long way to go in this area. Methodist Healthcare indicates that Methodist North and Le Bonheur are now operational and the remainder of the system should be operational by 2011.
Click here to read an article about the VA experience.