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House Passes Medical Data Technology Bill

Law360 (July 28, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would set up a framework for a national system of electronic medical records, a measure that has drawn criticism for failing to adequately protect patient privacy.

The Health Information Technology (IT) Promotion Act, H.R. 4157, which provides a national framework for electronic medical records, was introduced to reduce medical errors and improve efficiency.

The “legislation helps the 18th century medical paper file system to catch up with 21st century medical care," said Congressman Tim Murphy (D-Pa.)...
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