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Hospitals criticized over offers to earn or save money by sharing electronic patient data

Dallas Morning News, May 18, 2010

Electronic records are expected to allow doctors to coordinate care for the sickest patients, eliminate paper-transcribing errors that lead to inaccurate prescriptions, and avoid duplicate lab and imaging tests. But with the promises of efficiency come questions of privacy, and electronic health record vendors of nearly all major hospital systems locally are facing scrutiny, the Dallas Morning News reports. The vendor that Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. uses, for example, has been criticized for sharing patient data with drug companies.