Top U.S. States Where Doctors Go Digital

By Jordan Robertson - 2013-06-25T16:02:47Z

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Going Paperless With Patients

Visiting the doctor's office can be an exercise in total recall: How has your health changed in the past year? Which medications are you taking? What's your family's health history?

Imagine not having to recount any of that. That's one benefit of electronic medical records, which can provide physicians comprehensive access to your vital data with the click of a mouse.   

These digital files can help make your medical care safer. Doctors can more easily check new prescriptions against existing ones for dangerous interactions, for example. Of course, technology is never perfect and patients should make sure their records are accurate.

Depending where you live in the U.S., your medical records may still be stuck in the 20th century. Some states, such as Connecticut and New Jersey, have some of the lowest adoption rates of basic electronic medical records in the country. Others, such as Massachusetts and Minnesota, have some of the highest. See how high tech your health care is.

Special Report: Medical Technology: Electronic Health Records

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care survey, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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