HealthLeaders Media IT - October 13, 2009 | Physicians' View on North Shore's $400 Million EHR Investment
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Physicians' View on North Shore's
$400 Million EHR Investment

Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

A couple of weeks ago, North Shore-LIJ Health System announced it is investing $400 million in electronic health records to connect providers in its community. As part of the initiative, the 14-hospital system is offering to subsidize up to 85% of the software and operating costs of EHRs for some 7,000 affiliated physicians in New York City and Long Island. So what do physicians think of the program? [Read More]
October 13, 2009  
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