More Doctors, Hospitals Use Electronic Records

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2013)--More doctors and hospitals are embracing technology as adoption of computerized medical records reaches a "tipping point" in America, according to a report Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The report says more than 50 percent of doctors' offices and 4 in 5 hospitals have transitioned from paper to electronic records, thanks partly to more than $14 billion in government incentive payments.

The hope is that electronic records will make caring for patients safer and less costly, by helping avoid mistakes and cutting down on duplication, but others say there's still a long way to go.

An outside group's report last year found little progress in getting medical computers in different offices to talk to each other.

Concerns have also surfaced about patient privacy and vulnerability to fraud.

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