Medical care shifting to electronic data files
Electronic health records are being used in hospitals and doctors’ offices. So how are they doing? Do the e-records protect and promote patient safety?
One in 10 outpatient doctors in the United States began using electronic health records in 2011, helped along by the promise of $27 billion in incentives from the federal government. Doctors in Massachusetts have been quicker than those in other states to adopt the new systems, with about 44 percent of outpatient physicians using them as of last year. Now, some involved in health information technology say it is time to focus more attention on making sure the systems are safe.