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California looking into digitizing medical records




Medical records at the South Los Angeles Family Health Clinic.
Medical records at the South Los Angeles Family Health Clinic.
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It's not unusual for patients to have to track down their medical records as they move from one doctor to another, or if they end up in the emergency room.

However, two of California's largest insurers are collaborating to solve that problem. They're launching what could be the largest electronic medical record base in the country.

Southern California Public Radio's healthcare reporter Stephanie O'Neill joined us to discuss the difficulties behind digitization and the impact these online medical records could have on healthcare.