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Automation and the Healthcare Cost Curve
Health Leaders Media

Automation, the use of labor-saving devices and information technology to reduce or eliminate the need for human labor, has yielded exponential savings in dozens of industries. But why is healthcare historically a slow adopter of potentially labor-saving, and thus cost-saving, techniques and technology? For one reason, there was no urgency. Productivity in healthcare, in the sense of wringing out incremental savings in labor, has lagged far behind the rest of business largely because competitive pressures present in other industries simply didn’t exist in healthcare.

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