European Commission 'EHR Impact' study: positive return takes 4-9 years

As we in the US go through our own challenges in implementing EHRs and e-prescribing, referencing the UK and European experience, albeit in systems different than ours, can be helpful. To Ed. Donna’s knowledge this is the first study of ‘good practice cases’ in the US, Europe and Israel coupled with a quantitiative analysis of their socio-economic impact including cost-benefit analysis. The return¬†of 80% is calculated on both financial and ‘better healthcare’ factors, but takes 4-9 years to happen. Interoperability and networking of records is key to maximizing benefits and resources…alas, the shortages.¬†Interoperable E-health is worth it (link) (download PDF here–not a quick read @ 88 pages!)