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Stimulus Funds Will Help Build Health IT Systems, But Not Sustain Them

iWatch News reports on how this finding is raising concern among state officials about how they will keep paying for these systems when the federal money is gone. Meanwhile, KHN — in partnership with NPR and Oregon Public Radio — takes a look at how electronic medical records can be used.

iWatch News: Stimulus Funds Will Build State Health [Information] Exchanges But Might Not Sustain Them
Federal stimulus funds are paying to build or expand systems enabling health care providers within each state to share patient information, but state officials are concerned about how to keep paying for the programs once the federal money runs out, an iWatch News survey reveals. And with states adopting a wide variety of different software for electronic health record exchange, officials are also worrying about how to get those different systems to talk to each other across state (Israel and Leonard, 11/2).

Kaiser Health News: Grading Docs With Electronic Medical Records
As part of a reporting partnership between Kaiser Health News, Oregon Public Broadcasting and NPR, OPB reporter Kristian Foden-Vencil filed this story: "Dr. Brett White practices medicine differently than he did three years ago. That's when the Gabriel Park Family Health Center in suburban Portland adopted electronic medical records" (Foden-Vencil,11/2).

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