Obama Pitches Bold Plan for Health Records

President-elect wants them all digital, but hurdles remain
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 2:15 PM CST
Barack Obama is proposing a health care modernization plan that he says would create jobs and cut premiums.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is hoping an ambitious health care modernization plan will help deliver on two of his promises: increasing jobs and decreasing health care costs, CNNMoney reports. Obama has said he wants all US health records computerized within five years—a huge undertaking.

Only 8% of the country’s hospitals and 17% of its doctors use digital records, and creating one unified system that could be used by all of them is a major challenge. Experts estimate the project could cost up to $100 billion and doubt whether there are enough people in the US with the skills to get it done.