Nevada EHR Fueled by Senate Bill

Feb 22, 2011 08:23 AM
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Nevada's federal stimulus-funded quest to switch to paperless health care records continues with a bill to authorize the project.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday combed through SB43, a bill creating a structure to implement a $6.1 million electronic health records grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Electronic health care records, a priority of President Barack Obama's administration, would allow doctors and hospitals to easily share records rather than storing large archives of paper documents. Officials say the digital format will allow electronic prescriptions, reduce human error arising from transferring the records or illegible handwriting, and reduce potentially costly and harmful duplication of tests.

Nevada officials also say transferring medical records to an electronic format will also bring jobs.

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