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Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions
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.