The Wall Street Journal reports on the release of a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Health Project. According to the report, "The task force spent six months working collaboratively to forge consensus around a set of recommendations for the most effective use of health IT dollars to support new models of care that improve quality and health and reduce costs." In addition to providing recommendations for improving the use of electronic health records, the task force--headed by former Sens. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN)--says there are obstacles to their effective use. The barriers include a lack of health information exchange for hospitals and doctors to share patient records, limited "consumer engagement using electronic tools" and consumer concerns about privacy and security. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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