One of the basic building blocks of the Obama administration's health care reform plan involves converting old fashioned paper patient records to electronic form.
Medicare officials plan to spend $7 billion dollars over the next 5 years to encourage doctors and hospitals to make this change. Advocates say that electronic records will improve patient care, streamline medical services, and lower costs.
But a new report by the Office of the Inspector General warns that the rush to implement these changes is creating an opening to fraud and abuse. Joining us is Scot Silverstein, adjunct professor at Drexel University, and consultant in health care information technology.