- Obama proposing a massive effort to to make all health records standardized and electronic, to create 212,000 jobs
- Only 8% of the nation's 5,000 hospitals and 17% of its 800,000 physicians currently use EMR
- "Universal" EMR could cost at least $75 billion to $100 billion over the ten years
Deducting from my extensive experience with EMR (electronic medical records), I believe it has advantages and disadvantages like any product. For example, some users are prone to abusing the system by copy-pasting, using "canned" templates that change very little with individual patients, etc. However, overall the EMR is a much better solution than paper documentation.
Obama's big idea: Digital health records. CNN.