11 Sep Tech companies push to digitize patients’ records
On one proposal for health care reform at least, there is a rare bipartisan consensus: the push to computerize patient records.
The goal of moving paper medical records into the digital age has been championed for years by health care policy makers across the political spectrum, from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Newt Gingrich. As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama, too, was an advocate, and the economic crisis opened the door for an ambitious step — $19 billion put into the recovery package to encourage doctors and hospitals to install and use electronic health records.
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