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Progress Toward Electronic Health Records, But Slowly

The American health care system is moving toward greater use of health care information technology and electronic health records (EHR), but that progress is slow according to a new study from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

The report, Transforming Health Care:  The Role of Health IT, lists six barriers to greater use of health care IT and electronic health records:  misaligned incentives, lack of health information exchange, limited use of consumer engagement using electronic tools, limited levels of EHR adoption, privacy and security concerns, and the need for greater focus and attention for multiple federal priorities.

The Bipartisan Policy Center describes itself as “the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship…” and says it “drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue.” Its task force on delivery system reform and health information technology is co-chaired by former senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist.

Read a Washington Post article about the report here and  download the report itself hereiStock_000005564268XSmall.

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