PHR savings estimate causes industry ‘illusion’

o save $21 billion annually, where will the savings come from? How many layoffs? It’s these–30 minutes per person, per day saving calculations–that scare me.

For anyone who has been in healthcare for 35 to 40 years, the introduction of electronic thermometers is something they may recall. These devices were supposed to save hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Did they? No! Expenditures actually increased. The same scenario occurred with the introduction of disposable surgical packs and gowns. The examples are too numerous to mention.

Does anyone know about Cyril Northcote Parkinson’s law? Simply, it is work expands to fill available time.

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