A new Purdue University center is gearing up to help Indiana’s primary-care physicians make the move from paper to computerized record-keeping.
The new center has received $12 million in federal stimulus funding to help small practices of 10 or fewer health care providers jettison their 19th-century paper filing systems and adopt electronic medical records and e-prescribing technology.
Purdue’s new Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center will also work with community health centers, federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.
It’s one of up to 70 nonprofits nationwide getting stimulus funds to develop regional centers to help health professionals select and implement information technology software.
Studies show that electronic medical records help reduce medical errors and improve the quality of patient care.
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