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Governors’ interest in health IT rises

April 8, 2008

Governors’ interest in health IT rises

Government Health IT, April 4, 2008

If you followed any state-of-the-state speeches given this year, the chances are you heard a governor discuss electronic health records (EHRs). According to a report from Input, a government business research company, 27 percent of the speeches given mentioned potential benefits of health IT. Despite a falling economy and tight budgets, governors are supporting EHRs more than normally expected.

“The economic downturn drives the need for efficiency and the desire to cut down on waste,” said Timothy Brett, Input’s senior manager of state and local information services, and author of the report. “Even with the economy where it is, governors have looked to technology initiatives as a way to help them save money.”

While this idea makes sense to us, we hope those who implement EHRs will remember the importance of privacy and authenticity of patient records. Without it, EHRs will become a disservice to healthcare providers rather than an asset.

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