Japan moves to electronic patient records:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Japanese Ministry of Health is to start testing an electronic medical card system in the autumn, with the aim of having it fully installed by 1999. The card will replace paper records which under current law are kept for five years. The ministry hopes the system will reduce clinical test duplications, facilitate transfers of patient records and reduce the paper-handling burden for hospitals, thus saving time and money, reports the Medical Equipment Journal of Japan.
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