What is some information about electronic health records systems that are being sold to physicians under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) electronic health records systems (EHRS) are intended to improve upon commercially available EHRS. The three categories of improvements to EHRS being funded by government grants are information for patient health care decisions (e.g., "high-level view of a given patient as compared to other patients with similar characteristics"); supply information on medical research (e.g.,  physician notification of "eligibility requirements for a relevant clinical trial"); access to real time research data (e.g., "discovering unexpected acute drug-related adverse events") ("ARRA Investments in Enhanced Electronic Health Records" National Institute of Health).

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