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Sharing individual health information could improve care and reduce costs for all

April 15, 2013

Information collected from individual patients at doctor's office and hospital visits could be used to improve health care and reduce costs on a national scale, according to a discussion paper released by the Institute of Medicine. As health care records move to electronic systems, there is an opportunity to compile information taken from individuals and use it to conduct large studies that advance the entire health care system, said Michael D. Murray, the Regenstrief Institute investigator and Purdue University professor who led the team of experts that wrote the discussion paper.
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