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Informatics important to keep healthcare costs low

Posted On Tue, March 13, 2012

PricewaterhouseCoopers recently showed in a report that an increased use of clinical informatics may help prevent healthcare costs from increasing.

Approximately 14 percent of health insurers and close to the same amount of healthcare providers think they have been able to improve patients behavior, the report noted. In addition, close to 80 percent of providers are using these methods to cut down on errors, while six in 10 hope to help out the health of the population. Close to half are optimistic that this will cut costs by initiating preventative care programs.

"Health organizations recognize the value of effective informatics and analytics, but they are struggling to institutionalize the insight, make it actionable and use it for competitive advantage," said Daniel Garrett, health information technology practice leader for PwC. "They need strategies for mining data, conducting and integrating evidence-based research, translating findings into practice, and influencing patients to participate in the process."

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