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Room for EMRs in the New Budget

emrIn a effort to bolster progress being made in developing wide-reaching government Electronic Health Records (EMR)s, President Barack Obama included funding for the jeopardized initiative.

According to Reuters: “His plan calls for $268 million to expand efforts to compare various medical treatments to see which ones work best as well as $110 million for additional investments into health information technology such as electronic medical records.”

The capital pushed towards EMRs might do only a little to revive the struggling plan.

Concerns have already been swirling around the cost-effectiveness of the program, as well as the worries about patient record privacy inherent to such a system.

Today’s news comes on the heels of a report published by the CDC that finds doctor’s offices investing in the technology – despite the present lack of government incentive – but not using the equipment to its full potential.

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