Electronic health records (EHR) will deliver cost savings of $78 billion to the global healthcare industry between 2014 and 2019, becoming an integral part of future digital healthcare initiatives, according to a new report from technology research firm Juniper Research.

The report, Digital Health, Remote Monitoring & EHR Cost Savings, 2014-2019, says EHRs are crucial as the supporting infrastructure for a range of digital healthcare projects. New Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives, where healthcare providers are remunerated according to the measured “wellness” of a patient population, are resulting in a rethinking of how healthcare needs should be addressed, supporting the evolution of digital healthcare, the report says.

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