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Bush unveils national health care IT plan

He’s pushing for the development of electronic medical records. President Bush yesterday unveiled a national health care IT plan focused on the development of personal electronic medical records for every American within 10 years and the appointment of a sub-Cabinet-level health care IT czar to oversee the process. In a speech to the American Association of Community Colleges annual convention in Minneapolis, Bush called the current paper-based U.S. medical record system antiquated and said “medicine ought to be using modern technologies in order to better share information, in order to reduce medical errors, in order to reduce cost to our health care system by billions of dollars.” Bush added that “to protect patients and improve care and reduce cost, we need a system where everyone has their own personal electronic medical record that they control and they can give a doctor when they need to.” Bush initially called for development of electronic medical records in his State of the Union address in January. Full Story

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