The rush to digitize patient records has not cut costs
Alas, no one knows exactly what caused this welcome trend, which almost none of the experts predicted. Therefore no one can be sure it’s permanent. Declining spending may reflect the pinch of recession on consumer pocketbooks. That’s good, to the extent that it proves cost pressure can make consumers forgo health care they don’t really need; but it’s not so good to the extent that cost pressure forced consumers to forgo care they did need. Either way, spending would rise as the economy continues to recover.