At the end of last month, researchers at Harvard Medical School issued the results of a study with a startling conclusion: years of information technology implementations haven't saved health care establishments any money, rather, it actually has raised costs at these institutions.

The health care debate continues to rage on in the halls of Congress as well as town halls, but there is one area where everyone is in agreement: health care costs have been out of control. The insurance industry has been an easy target for politicians and pundits alike, but many of the rising costs have been coming out of the medical sector itself. And information technology—seen as the knight on a white horse for cost containment—may have been a dud so far.

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