Thursday, March 01, 2007

Florida Electronic Medical Data Network Could Cost over $50 Million

TAMPA - It's going to cost Florida about $51 million to build a secure superhighway for electronic medical information, according to an estimate released Tuesday.

But the money doesn't have to be spent all at once, author Paul Gionfriddo says. Besides, he wrote, the resulting Florida Health Information Network will pay for itself many times over.

Exchange of health care information gives citizens better, safer medical treatment and saves money for hospitals and others, from insurers and employers to state and local governments, wrote Gionfriddo, director of the Palm Beach County Community Health Alliance.

The Tampa Tribune

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