Obama Wants E-Health Records In Five Years

President-elect Barack Obama said he wants the federal government to invest in electronic health records so all medical records are digitized within five years.

Obama announced the plans and the deadline during a speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Thursday.

“This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests,” he said, adding that the switch also would save lives by reducing the number of errors in medicine.

Since President George W. Bush called for health records to be stored electronically by 2014, Obama’s announcement confirms his administration’s plans to continue pushing for that deadline.