Congressman Roy Blunt said new online health records that are now being used by St. John's Hospital will improve patient care and drive down costs.
At a midday event with hospital officials touting the new system Friday, Blunt said the main obstacle remains the lack of a standardized system.
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He said Congress has so far resisted setting a standard for electronic records because of concerns about privacy and liability.
Right now, 75% of St. John's doctors are using electronic records. The hospital estimates that all of its physicians will be online by July.
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