A Health Care Revolution

New health laws spell opportunity for investors, but it’s not clear how the changes will play out for patients.

My doctor’s office is typical of many medical offices nowadays. All the pertinent patient information is stored digitally, and the doctor spends as much time in the examination room staring at a computer screen as she does peering down my throat and listening to my heartbeat. The last time I had a checkup, I asked her how she liked her ever-present digital assistant, and she admitted that it’s a mixed blessing. With all the records in one place, “there’s no more running around tracking down blood tests,” she told me. But on the downside, she feels as if she spends more time with the PC every day than she does with patients. Her ambivalence is shared by a lot of people in health care today.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.