May 28, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State officials say about 20 percent of South Carolina doctors are using a system that allows physicians to share electronic health records.
The State of Columbia reports only South Carolina and Massachusetts have reached a federal goal of having 1,000 doctors sign up to use the system.
Electronic health records allow doctors quick access to patient records. Officials say an emergency room doctor wondering if someone with a deep cut needs a tetanus shot could check the database and find the answer quickly, possibly eliminating an unnecessary procedure.
A physician working with the program says it also allows patients and easy way to make sure their medical records follow them from doctor to doctor.
The first 1,000 doctors who signed up also got to set up the system for free.
(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)