Sunday, November 22, 2009

HIT - naysayers & skeptics

Anyone who has engaged in Information Technology business for some time knows that most IT investments do not generate significant benefits until sufficient years have passed. In most cases, even 5-year ROI models are flawed since it may take a decade before significant gains from the investment are seen. That is what we know. Then, why would we treat HIT differently? I would challenge anyone who dismisses investing in EHR/HIT technologies solely because evidence of its positive impact on quality of care cannot be visualized over the short-term horizon.

Do not dismiss before you explore. The inclination to "do nothing" in face of mounting challenges and insistence on availability of absolute evidence prior to investment could be disastrous.