August 10, 2009 3:49 PM

Tech-savvy Seattle finds electronic health records no cure-all

Atop a hill in Seattle, three of Washington state's pre-eminent hospital systems sit within blocks of one another, equipped with state-of-the-art electronic medical-record systems that track test results, send warnings about dangerous drug interactions and provide medical histories. Here's what patients know, however: The systems, made by different manufacturers, can't talk to each other.

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