Bush vows to support e-health records initiatives

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In his sixth State of the Union address, President Bush said health IT advancements will help the country reduce healthcare costs and improve patient care.


The President told Congress that his administration will promote the greater use of electronic health records and other IT tools so healthcare will become more reliable and affordable.


“We will make wider use of electronic records and other health information technology to help control costs and reduce dangerous medical errors,” Bush said.


In particular, the administration will work to develop national health IT standards that will accelerate patient access to e-records, the White House said in a fact sheet released in conjunction with last night's speech. This effort includes a medical clipboard that will contain medical history and can only be accessed with a patient's consent.

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