Panel Suggests Steps toward Electronic Medical RecordsBy Stacy Lawrence | Print
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A federal health-care subcommittee offers 12 draft recommendations for moving patient records to an electronic system, calling for research on interoperability standards, encryption and more.More than 70 countries are already in the process of implementing electronic medical records. Among them are the United Kingdom and Canada, which are planning to roll out electronic medical record systems by 2010.
The United Kingdom already has committed $11 billion to transitioning patient records to an electronic system. During the past several months, the United States has also taken some initial steps to make electronic medical records a priority.
In President Bush's State of the Union address in January, he mentioned electronic medical records as key to reducing medical error and costs. In a speech later that month, Bush proposed doubling the current $100 million in federal spending on health information technology.