be an institutional commitment to digitize all paper records and make them available electronically in image format to all care providers. Even if capturing paper records in such a form would not make all of their content machine readable, it would go a long way toward eliminating the widely acknowledged problem of record unavailability that plagues a large number of patient-provider visits. And the infrastructure needed for such efforts could be used in the future to support other applications.
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Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions.
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