MarketWatch, April 9, 2014

1. We come with a large price tag. Doctors are being encouraged by the federal government to ditch their messy handwritten paper records, replacing them with sleeker, quicker electronic health records that should improve patient care and reduce health spending. More physicians are coming on board: in 2013, 78% of doctors' offices said they were using some form of electronic health records, up from 18% in 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But so far, the transition to electronic health records hasn't delivered the ease of use and savings advocates promised — and the choppy transition is having a ripple effect on consumers.

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