CBO: No one knows how health IT will affect health care costs

In a new report, the Congressional Budget Office concludes there still are many unknowns about the adoption of health information technology, including what its true costs and benefits might be.
The report, “Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology,” does not recommend what Congress should do about health IT, but it states that “if policymakers are interested in promoting health IT, some version of a requirement or an explicit or implicit penalty for providers who fail to adopt health IT is likely to be more cost-effective for the federal government than a subsidy.”

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