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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boosting Diabetic Care Through Electronic Medical Records


New research suggests that using electronic medical records instead of paper files could greatly improve care for diabetic patients by boosting communication.
Converting to electronic records may seem like a slam dunk when it comes to patient care. Proponents say they make it easier for doctors to communicate with patients and with one another.

The records are also supposed to cut down on medical errors by doing things like providing warnings about medication allergies.

The Obama Administration is so confident that a move to e-records will improve care and cut costs that it made the shift a key part of health care reform efforts.

Still, doctors seem slow to adopt the technology:
A HealthDay/Harris Interactive Poll conducted a year ago found that fewer than 1 in 10 adults used email to communicate with their physician.

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