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Health groups aim to make medical records easier to access
San Francisco Chronicle

Technology companies, hospital systems and doctors’ groups have agreed to take steps to make electronic health records easier for consumers to access and use, the Obama administration announced Monday.

While nearly all hospitals and most doctors’ offices have now gone digital, those systems often don’t talk to each other, limiting their usefulness to patients. The latest initiative is meant to speed removal of technological bottlenecks, but it’s unclear if it will lead to breakthroughs. The administration needs to make things happen fast, since President Barack Obama leaves office in less than a year.