It seems that instituting electronic medical record systems has not brought about the savings originally predicted.

It seems that the systems were designed primarily to help providers increase billings, not to improve patient care or save money. And it seems that the Health Information Technology industry has done quite well in the EMR roll-out.

What ramifications does this have for the future? For one thing, maybe we should be skeptical of all the talk we’re hearing now about “big data” leading the way toward better, less expensive health care. I’ve been guilty myself of casting a rosy eye on the potential of big data. I feel my eye getting a bit jaundiced.