In my Oct. 2006 post "$70 million for an Electronic Medical Records system?" I wrote:
... healthcare doesn’t have the capital for clinical IT misadventures, and I believe when the issues become more public in this industry sector and information flows about mismanagement and abuses (as is happening in the UK ’s Connecting for Health project) [now abandoned as described here - ed.], the fallout won’t be pretty.
Here's an example of an organization in profound ardent technophile-driven Ddulite mode:
UA Medical Center to spend $100M on new records system
Tucson's largest health-care organization expects to spend upward of $100 million on getting its two hospitals talking to each other.
Right now, the inpatient medical record systems at the University of Arizona Medical Center's two campuses aren't speaking to each other.
The lack of communication is resulting in more work for healthcare providers in the University of Arizona Health Network.
[How much more work, exactly, and how much would a non-cybernetic solution cost? These issues seem never to be mentioned - ed.]
The $1.2 billion, nonprofit company employs nearly 7,000 people.
The network is installing a new, uniform electronic medical records system for all patients at its two hospitals - UA Medical Center - University Campus and UA Medical Center - South Campus - and at outpatient centers as well.
... Project leaders predict it will result in a more efficient organization with fewer medication errors and better patient care.
... The new system's benefits will certainly trickle down to patients, said Clint Hinman, an experienced pharmacy director within the network who is directing the computer upgrade program.
[Note once again the absolutist statements of deterministic benefit and beneficence, based on scant supportive evidence and increasing contradictory evidence, that I bolded above - ed.]