Michael J. Ackerman, PhD
The use of the computer in clinical practice is now looked upon as the lynchpin of healthcare reform. The political argument is that every sector of the economy has benefited from the application of information technology, becoming more efficient and more profitable. The political logic is that if an industry is more efficient and more profitable, then that industry will share its greater profits with the consumer through price reductions. So much of the money that is needed to fund healthcare reform will come from the savings due to the efficiency of using information technology.