EMRs allow clinic in New York City to reduce medical mistakes

06/1/2009 | Daily News (New York)

Urban Health Plan, a clinic in New York's Bronx borough, was able to decrease clinical errors and serve more people without adding staff after deploying electronic medical records. The facility, which caters mostly to patients with poorer backgrounds, rolled out a system that includes e-prescriptions and digital referrals six years ago. The city government is encouraging EMR adoption via the Primary Care Information Project -- an initiative focused on physician practices in low-income communities -- but high costs are slowing down such efforts, an expert said.

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