Georgia is looking to be of the initial 12 states to participate in a federal program aimed at providing money to physicians in order to set up electronic health records systems.
Gov. Sonny Perdue made the announcement in a joint appearance with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt.
President Bush has called for a universal electronic medical system to be in place by 2014, a timetable many analysts say is unrealistic, especially since the concept has many foes who worry about costs and confidentiality.
But Leavitt says the government has a worthy goal -
"If you go to a doctor's office, you have to fill out the medical clipboard every single time, the same information over and over again," he said. "Electronic records should move from place to place." Making records readily available electronically would reduce costs radically, Leavitt said, and also cut down on medical errors.
Many physicians feel that the move to EMR is simply too expensive, too intrusive and too vulnerable to make this move practicable.
XLEMR has identified these concerns and addressed them. In fact, the product line was developed because of a local physicians need for an EMR that DID address these issues.
With low cost, custom and easy to implement EMRs available, the physicians should soon understand that this move is not as formidable as they would assume.
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