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Toolkit of resources on electronic health records.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--A wide range of new resources is available now to help West Virginians, including physicians, other health care providers and consumers, understand electronic health records, which are gradually replacing traditional paper records.

"This toolkit of resources includes pamphlets, brochures and posters that physicians can use to help their patients understand the many benefits of having electronic health records, as well as privacy and security precautions," said Patty Ruddick, project director of the West Virginia Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration.

These resources are available in both printed form and electronically in downloadable form at Also available on the web site is much more information about electronic health records and health information exchange.

The eHealth WV effort--funded as part of a federal grant, among other activities, to educate consumers about electronic health records and the privacy and security issues related to them--provides this information now, because the switch to electronic records has begun in West Virginia, and the pace is expected to pick up in the next few years. The federal government has set a goal for most Americans to have electronic health records by 2014.

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Date:Feb 1, 2009
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