Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

December 17, 2014 7:24 PM

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Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.

After more than five years and a $25 billion investment of federal money to move U.S. medical records out of paper files and into computers, doctors say the systems lack analytical functions, don’t allow them to share information with colleagues in other practices and require too much time to enter ...

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