Faster medical care. Lower costs. Fewer treatment errors. These are the promises of electronic health records, which are increasingly replacing paper files at doctors' officers across the U.S. and around the world.
For all the benefits, little is publicly known about the safety of electronic records, which are being rolled out nationwide as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. A growing body of research is raising questions about the problems and potential harm arising from these new computerized systems.
Find out more in this special report about the foundational shift to digital health files and the impact of this transition.