More doctors, hospitals using electronic records

More doctors, hospitals using electronic records

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Dr. Klara Gershman, MD, holds her laptop computer as she prepares to enter a room to see a patient on February 16, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Gershman is starting the process of shifting her office to a computer system that will store the information of her patients as South Florida is set to receive $8.5 million in federal stimulus money to help doctors and other healthcare providers convert to electronic record keeping. The Obama administration included electronic record keeping in the stimulus package as they see it as one way to help control costs around the nation in the health care business. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

(AP) — The Obama administration says more doctors and hospitals are embracing technology as adoption of computerized medical records reaches a "tipping point" in America.

A report Wednesday from Health and Human Services says more than 50 percent of doctors' offices and 4 in 5 hospitals have transitioned from paper to electronic records, thanks partly to more than $14 billion in government incentive payments.

The hope is that electronic records will make caring for patients safer and less costly, by helping avoid mistakes and cutting down on duplication.

But others say there's still a long way to go. An outside group's report last year found little progress in getting medical computers in different offices to talk to each other. Concerns have also surfaced about patient privacy and vulnerability to fraud.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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