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Electronic Medical Records: Challenges to the President’s Plan to Digitize Healthcare

James Pierce Reposted from HealthNewsDigest.com - Philadelphia, Pa.– Ready or not, electronic medical records (EMRs) are coming to a hospital near you. President Barack Obama has devoted $20 billion to healthcare IT in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and in February 2009, he announced his aspirations to have an electronic health record for each person in the U.S. by 2014. Dr. James Pierce, chair of the Bioinformatics and Computer Science Department at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, notes that a nation-wide implementation of EMRs comes with considerable challenges, as well as tremendous advantages.

“Digitization of the healthcare system will be much more efficient and cost-effective, and will enable easier communication among different parts of the system, simpler manageability, and less storage compared to paper records,” explained Dr. Pierce. “EMRs allow healthcare providers to send queries electronically, which is expected to decrease the errors that are made on paper and ultimately, save lives.”  Read More


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Have heard few hospitals have already almost shift all their records EMR`s. EMR what i feel is very good for medical institutions. It will helps the doctors alot, as they could easily see a patient medical history from the comfort of their office, and also save time to prescribe medicine to pateints.

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