Issue Brief

No. 800

Electronic Health Records: How Close? How Far to Go?
September 29, 2004


Lisa Sprague, MBA


This paper looks at the central role of the electronic health record (EHR) in health information technology. It considers the extent to which EHRs are in use and initiatives designed to increase their prevalence, as well as barriers to the widespread adoption of EHRs and efforts to surmount them. Particular attention is given to such obstacles as cost, the professional culture of physicians, standardization, and legal questions.

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See also the entry for the related Forum Session (October 27, 2004).

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