GAO Report Finds Ineffective Health IT Projects Cost Federal Government Billions
Missed deadlines and overspending on several federal health IT projects have cost the government billions of dollars in recent years, according to a Government Accountability Office report released last week. According to the report, the federal government has "achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT," despite spending more than $600 billion on IT investments. The report also found that 154 IT investments totaling $10.4 billion currently are considered "at risk," meaning the projects either "need attention" or have "significant concerns."
- "5 Problematic HIT Projects Costing the Government Billions" (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 7/26).
- "GAO: Federal Government Could Be Wasting Billions on IT" (King, "CIO Journal," Wall Street Journal, 7/25).