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IT revolution threatened for US health service

The US department of Heath and Human Services (HSS) has published an 10-year plan to revamp the healthcare system. The great news for Americans is that the plans include the introduction of electronic health records (long-touted in the UK as the solution to everything that is wrong with the NHS); a network linking all these records together; and a bill for as much as$10bn. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said that electronic health information will “provide a quantum leap in patient power, doctor power, and effective health care”. He also promised better patient access to records, through an Internet portal, and said that Medicare would accelerate regulations for electronic prescriptions. Full Story

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