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Monday, March 9, 2015

Debate heats up over safety of electronic health records

Jayne O'Donnell and Laura Ungar
Originally posted February 3, 2015

Department of Health and Human Services officials said Tuesday that the safety benefits of electronic health records far outweigh any potential problems, but critics say regulators are pushing health care providers to use them while downplaying the risks to patients.

"This transition to electronic health records has led to far better safety than (it has) created new problems," said Andy Gettinger, an physician who heads health information technology (HIT) safety at HHS, at a government-sponsored conference here.

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