Reducing The Cost Of Healthcare With Technology

Daniel Piekarz, Vice President of Life Sciences Business Development, contributes a byline article on various ways to cut healthcare costs with technology. Analyzing recent healthcare IT conferences, he states that while “were numerous solutions including many EHR, PMS, HIE, Population Management systems and a variety of other solutions ready to address every healthcare industry need,” many hospitals might have to downsize to keep down the costs. “Hospitals are being put in between a rock and a hard place. They are forced to implement highly expensive software systems, and implement practices that will reduce the number of beds they are able to fill, while being held to lower payments and incentive programs.” Piekarz offers ad different approach with technology.

“...Healthcare organizations need to look at what they are spending on technology and how it can help create a better and more efficient care system now. Hospitals need to ensure they do a full evaluation of all system options before implementing a mega-million dollar system. These client server based EHR systems are yesterday’s technology. As Healthcare catches up with technology trends from other industries, the SaaS (Software as a Service) model will dethrone these legacy systems in the next 5 years. When that happens, the only thing that will keep hospitals on these old technologies is that they invested so much money to install them to begin with. Web based SaaS EHR systems may not be where they need to be today to run large hospitals, but it is just a matter of time and innovation to get there. For smaller hospitals and large practices, SaaS systems may be the perfect fit today without a major outlay of capital.”

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