SPOTLIGHT: Brailer: HIT can cut care costs 50%

Former U.S. health IT czar David Brailer is very bullish on health IT's ability to cut costs, but he says it will only happen if we're patient. In remarks to journal Health Affairs, Brailer said that he believes a strong HIT base nationwide will lower healthcare spending by as much as 50 percent. However, it will take a decade or getting used to the tools before users start building new processes around tools like EMRs, which is when the real benefits will manifest themselves, he told Health Affairs. Article