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June 16, 2010

Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era

JAMA. 2010;303(23):2414-2418. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.814

Confusion and debate aside, the federal stimulus package signed in February 2009 provides significant incentives and disincentives when it comes to promoting the meaningful use of electronic health records. There is general political agreement about the need to invest in electronic health records for their potential to enhance the quality of health care, but the lack of standards and interoperability and the cost and complexity of systems create questions about what outcomes will actually be achieved. Ultimately, the US investment in health information technology cannot transform health care unless the systems create value for physicians and patients.

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