Friday, January 9, 2009

New York City pushes doctors to adopt electronic medical health records

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New York City is trying to help it's doctors equip themselves with electronic medical health records. For a standard doctors office, it costs about $45,000 to adopt the electronic system. But New York City is subsidizing doctors with smaller practices, giving those with at least 10% Medicare or Medicaid patients that decrease the price to $24,000.

Doctors across the city have seen the benefits already. They've been able to track the flu when it spreads across the city, and is more effective than the Google Flu Tracker. It also allows doctors in poorer neighborhoods a large range of patient information. Currently, 1 in 10 of primary care doctors are on the electronic health system. For more information, please check out the Wall Street Journal Health blog and the New York Times.
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