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Dozens Of Mass. Doctors Adopt Electronic Records

Officials are celebrating more than 140 Massachusetts doctors who have adopted computerized medical records to submit prescriptions, send and archive lab results and exchange information with others.

The physicians represent the first group in the state to meet federal standards for "meaningful use" of electronic records under a program intended to provide greater safety for patients and lower costs.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby is expected to announce Wednesday doctors who have met requirements set under a federal plan rolled out last year for moving doctors and hospital to computerized medical records.

The program provides federal money to help defray the costs of the electronic health record systems. State officials estimate that more than $400 million in federal Medicaid incentives payments will be distributed in Massachusetts over the next 10 years.

This program aired on November 2, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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