Major programs designed to reduce costs and improve healthcare through the automation of medical records have fallen short of the potential to do either, according to a recent Rand Corp. report. The effort to convert paper health documents to electronic form got a huge boost from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which became law as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The law provided nearly $34 billion to doctors and hospitals for converting paper records to electronic health records.
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Electronic Health Records Performance Lags Behind Potential