HealthLeaders Media Staff, December 30, 2008

About 1,000 primary-care physicians in New York City have given up their doctor's pens over the past year to collect the smallest details of their patients' lives in a database as part of a $60 million city health department project. Experts say it is the most ambitious government effort nationwide to harness electronic data for public-health goals like monitoring disease frequency, cancer screening, and substance abuse.

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