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In a speech on January 8, 2009, President-Elect Barack Obama pledged to make all medical records electronic within five years.
Obama said that making records electronic will improve the quality of our health care and lower costs. "This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests," he said in his speech. "But it won't just save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. It will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our healthcare system."
Obama did not spell out how much support the federal government would give to help providers automate medical records. During the presidential campaign, however, he pledged to commit $50 billion over five years to support adoption of standards-based information systems and the national health information network.
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Source: Health Data Management
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