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Few Americans Using Electronic Medical Records
Date:6/17/2010

he explained, because of the cost of converting to an electronic records system, perceived lack of financial return, implementation issues, provider inertia and privacy and security concerns.

President Barack Obama authorized $19 billion in stimulus funding over several years to speed doctors' and hospitals' move toward electronic records. However, the financial incentives are tied to new rules that many providers consider overly burdensome.

Over time, experts believe electronic medical records will make inroads in American medicine.

"There's no question; it's the future," Taylor said. "The question is 'How quickly do we get there?'"

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Read more about the poll methodology and findings at Harris Interactive.



SOURCES: Humphrey Taylor, chairman, The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive, New York City; Erin Stevenson, digital health-care consultant, Redwood Medical Consulting, Bayside, Calif.; April 9, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine; June 8-10, 2010, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll


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