US government announces electronic health records project

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:959
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The US federal government has announced the start of a five year project to encourage small and medium sized medical practices to adopt electronic health records. The secretary of state for health and human services, Mike Leavitt, said that the project was designed to show that electronic health records would reduce medical error and improve quality of care.

    The project, which is due to start in spring 2008, will involve up to 1200 doctors' practices and as many as 3.6 million patients.

    Participating practices will receive an …

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