Electronic Medical Records Could Increase Patient Safety
YAKIMA, Wash. - A report just released by the state wants all hospitals and health care providers in Washington to share your medical records.
The Washington State Health Care Authority recommends that Washington create a health record bank, to allow the electronic sharing of information. Governor Chris Gregoire is on board. She's already asked that all hospitals and providers establish information technology systems by 2012.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is already implementing an electronic medical records system, and plans to go "live" with it in 2007.
The hospital's chief information officer says EMR systems are expensive, and the state would need to help with funding if all health care providers had to make the switch from paper to computer-based records.