Incoming Obama administration to push for electronic health records

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 14, 2009

Although his inauguration does not take place until next week, President-elect Barack Obama is making his voice heard now about electronic health records, reports Information Week. Obama said he wants all medical records to be digital within the next five years. The federal government would fund this project as part of Obama's plan for economic stimulation. This timeframe aligns with the Bush administration's goal of having most American's health data stored in an electronic fashion.

Obama said that he is pushing for electronic health records so strongly because they would reduce the number of medical errors, as well as waste and the number of medical tests that patients undergo.

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