Some of these HITs (EMR, CPOE) have been shown to reduce medical errors by up to 80%, prescription errors by up to 55%. While HIT has the potential to reduce utilization of healthcare, investing in HIT is not cheap so far. The main challenges are investing cost and resources.
In the age of shared decision making medicine, patients like Emma are still too shy to ask their physicians about their conditions and treatment. What causes this obstacle is uncertain even to physicians themselves. What is sure though is the added costs- duplicating work ups, consults and even treatments, such simple “silence” could bring affront.
The authenticity and transparency of social media placed a balance to the equation of care by providing a platform for the patient’s voice.