NM Gets Federal Funds For Electronic Medical Records

New Mexico – New Mexico will receive $405,000 next year to develop plans to implement an electronic medical records system.

The federal grant will be used to study the best way to implement such a system for the Medicaid program in New Mexico to improve the efficiency of delivering health care.

The funding was announced by New Mexico's two U.S. senators, Democrats Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

Bingaman says computers can help medical professionals by allowing nearly instant access to a patient's history, X-rays and other information.

Udall says electronic medical records are an important step forward in improving the efficiency and quality of health care.

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