Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


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Published in Access: Newsletter of the Nebraska Office of Rural Health, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health, and the Nebraska Rural Health Association 54 (May 2009), pp. 3–4;


Copyright © 2009 Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. Used by permission.


Electronic medical records (EMRs) continue to be in the national spotlight. In 2004, Presi-dent Bush first called for all Americans to have a personal EMR as part of a nationwide domestic agenda.

President Obama restated the push for electronic medical information in a speech in January of 2009: “To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost,” he said, “we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that, within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized.”

Sharing health information electronically is believed to have a number of wide-ranging benefits, the most obvious being that a quick access to electronic health information via computer will lead to better healthcare and better health outcomes.