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Congress gives electronic health records big boost

Publication Date: January 15, 2009

As House Democrats released on Thursday their economic stimulus package, which includes billions of dollars to pay for the creation of electronic health records for Americans, a Democratic senator urged the government to be cautious in funding a huge electronic record system.

House Democrats proposed spending $20 billion of the $825 billion stimulus package to “update and computerize our health care system to cut red tape, prevent medical mistakes and help reduce health care costs by billions of dollars each year,” said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in a prepared statement.

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