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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