Economy

July 19, 2009

Administration Facing Tough Sell To Doctors On Health IT

Dr. David Blumenthal, the Obama Administration's national coordinator for health information technology, can recall the day he became a true believer in the potential of electronic health records. He was about to order a lung scan when the computer in his Boston hospital alerted him to a similar image already in the file. The patient was spared an unnecessary dose of radiation and the health care system was spared the cost of an unnecessary test.

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