Healthcare Information Technology and Managerial Control in the Twenty-First Century

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Health Care Information Technology and Managerial Control in the Twenty-First Century Introduction The US has been facing a crisis in its healthcare system. There are systemic issues regarding the cost, quality and access to healthcare which need to be addressed with utter urgency. The US spends more than 18% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare which is more than any industrialized nation spends both as a percentage of GDP and on a capital level. Despite this huge expenditure, there is a significant difference between the healthcare system of the US and that of other developed nations. The US as compared to its peers has a healthcare system that does not cover all of the country's citizens. The healthcare system is in essence not universal. It is, however, necessary to make the recognition that there are several factors that are unique to the US healthcare system such as the history, systemic and cultural nature of the healthcare available. The US healthcare system is centered on private insurance providers who have provided a system that has worked well over a long period of time and it has continued to significantly serve most of the population. However, the issues regarding cost, quality and access to healthcare are not limited to the uninsured population. The entire population suffers greatly from the lack of insurance for all of them. As time continues to elapse and problems faced by the insurance providers and the population continue to increase, it

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