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State Senate advances medical technology measure

February 8, 2006
By: Sarah Smithies
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate takes a step toward updating medical records technology.

Sarah Smithies has more from the State Capitol.

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Pharmacies might see a change in the way they access patients' medical records.

The Senate heard a measure Wednesday to create a fund to transfer Missourians' medical records from paper to an electronic form.

Senator Charlie Shields, the bill's sponsor, says he hopes the measure will aid Missourians in "underserved areas."

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"Probably the greatest opportunities out there are in two places: they're in the urban core and they're in rural Missouri.

I mean, that's where we need a lot of this technology built in."

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The measure called for a quarter of the funds created to be dedicated to technological upgrades in urban and rural areas.

From Jefferson City, I'm Sarah Smithies.

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Missourians' medical records might experience a technological upgrade.

Sarah Smithies has more from the State Capitol.

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The state Senate heard a measure that would fund updating medical records electronically Wednesday. The bill's sponsor, Senator Charlie Shields, says the measure will focus on assisting residents of rural communities.

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"We probably don't need to spend a lot of money to update the software on the computers at Walgreen's, but we need to update the computers and the information in the local drugstore."

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One quarter of the funds would go toward updating technology in both urban and rural communities.