This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed that $100 million be spent on electronic health records (EHR) systems for his city, eWeek reports.
The proposal would equip 100 clinics and doctors’ offices with EHR systems, and would represent one of the world’s biggest health IT initiatives, eWeek reports.
“Public health is a fundamental responsibility of government, and we are going to do everything we can to help New Yorkers continue living longer lives,” Bloomberg said earlier this week in his State of the City speech.
The mayor plans to ask federal and state governments, as well as a number of private sector entities, to fund the initiative.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., with an annual budget of more than $4 billion, sees 5 million patients a year at some 100 community clinics and 11 hospitals, according to eWeek.
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