Wired.com is running a story about a 57-year-old lady who is among an estimated 10,000 people using a new on-line system to store her health record on-line. The company providing her with the service is iHealthRecord. On their web site, users can store their record for free in personalized and password-protected accounts. In addition to the web site, iHealthRecord offers emergency cards that can be carried by its users and used by a doctor to quickly obtain access to their records in the event of an emergency.
Despite the obvious utility of such a tool, physicians are not having the easiest time making the switch to the world of 1’s and 0’s. The article says that David Brailer, the federal government’s health-information technology coordinator, thinks that the cost of new technology and retraining of staff is too formidable for many small practices and therefore poses a serious problem for his vision of the nation moving to digital medical records over the next 10 years.
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