Remember the debates leading up to the passage of Obamacare? Among the many unicorns sold to us about how ObamaCare would save money was the rapid implementation of “Electronic Medical Records.” This administration, based of course wholly on uncorrupted scientific evidence for everything they do, was heavily influenced by a 2005 RAND study which claimed that implementing EMR would save Americans billions of dollars (about $80 billion per year). So of course, the President and the planners in DC decided to toss $20 billion over two years, to begin implementing them.
And what do you think happened?
Even the New York Times admits that this has not saved money. At all. This in large part because EMR make it easier for providers to bill us for more stuff. The article also indicates that EMR are prone to … more errors. But that should not have surprised anyone. The folks over at NCPA report the following from the Times article:
RAND’s 2005 report was paid for by a group of companies, including General Electric and Cerner Corporation, that have profited by developing and selling electronic records systems to hospitals and physician practices. Cerner’s revenue has nearly tripled since the report was released, to a projected $3 billion in 2013, from $1 billion in 2005.
They don’t call them Government Electric for no reason. And you should see how involved GE is with the development of Wind. That’s sure to save taxpayers billions too, and prevent lots of emissions too, right?
Government by the corporations, of the corporations and for the corporations – and brought to you by the Commander in Speech himself. Have a nice life.