Commentary: U.S. should take simpler steps toward health IT

07/13/2007 | Modern Healthcare (free registration)

It's unlikely the U.S. will meet President George W. Bush's goal of an EMR system by 2014 without heavy federal involvement, a Modern Healthcare editorial says, urging a focus on simplicity in health IT efforts. Digitizing medical records, using computerized physician order-entry and decision-support software, and implementing smart cards are simple, affordable ways to boost patient safety and care quality.

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