Federal money helps Ohio medical providers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio doctors and other care providers are using millions of dollars of federal money to build an electronic health records system.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/11VZEdu ) reports that Ohio has received $531.3 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as of March 1.

The money has gone to more than 12,500 physicians, hospitals and others.

Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, says the goal of the electronic health records network is for treatment and diagnostic information to follow patients wherever they seek care.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society says the initial cost for a provider to set up an electronic health records systems is $15,000 to $80,000.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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