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Digital medical records push exposes potential side effects

The use of electronic patient records appears to be on the increase. The use of electronic patient records appears to be on the increase. (The Boston Globe/ File 2007)
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / May 11, 2009

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The push for electronic medical records, fueled by $19 billion from the federal stimulus package, seems urgent and clear; such technology will cut costs and save lives, backers say. But a growing body of research illustrates the potential challenges - from getting doctors to use the safety-enhancing features the systems offer, to the patchwork of privacy regulations in different states. (Full article: 623 words)

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