It’s time for every physician to adopt electronic medical records

Just do it, says health IT guru John Halamka.

Less than 20 percent of doctors nationwide have adopted the needed technology, and the primary reason is money.

It’s estimated to cost about $50,000 for each physician to institute digital records, totaling $350 million in Massachusetts alone.

Stark laws allow physicians affiliated with medical centers to be helped financially, but that doesn’t include the majority of doctors who practice independently.

The ball is in the government’s court. If universal electronic records are the happen, they have the ability to make it so.

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