When it comes to electronic medical records, U.S. health care providers are late to the party.
The U.S. has one of the lowest rates of adoption among affluent democracies, trailing mostly European nations in the transition from paper to digital files. In fact, the U.S. doesn't even make the top five.
Electronic records can make medical care safer and more efficient by providing doctors comprehensive information about patients, such as their health history, prescriptions and lab results. But as I've reported, they also carry privacy risks and are being blamed for treatment errors.
The Obama administration is trying to increase the adoption of these computerized systems by dangling billions of dollars in bonuses for those who use the technology and promising penalties starting in 2015 for laggards.
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