U.S. taxpayers have poured $30 billion into funding electronic records systems in hospitals and doctors' offices since 2009. But most of those systems still can't talk to each other, which makes transfer of medical information tough. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

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Life online is all about sharing images. Being able to share medical images would make health care a lot easier, patients say. Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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Dr. Oliver Korshin says he's just a few years from retirement and can't afford the flurry of technology upgrades the federal government expects him to make. Annie Feidt/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

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Keeping patient records electronically, instead of on paper, didn't change how much hospitals charged per procedure, a study shows. But critics say billing errors can be more subtle. Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

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Dave Vockell, CEO of the software company Lyfechannel, takes first place — and wins $20,000 — in the Code-a-Palooza Challenge at Health Datapalooza 2014. David Hathcox/David Hathcox for Health Data Consortium hide caption

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Power To The Health Data Geeks

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Dr. Billy Oley (left) talks with Dr. William George in the Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge, Mont. The hospital became part of the Billings Clinic system in exchange for help with its digital medical records. Eric Whitney for NPR hide caption

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

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As the doctor examines a patient, medical scribe Connie Gayton records the visit using a microhone tethered to her laptop. Brandon Thibodeaux for NPR hide caption

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Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

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Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For Now

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Heather Garris, a custodian of medical records, organizes patients' files at Colorado Springs Internal Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colo. Barry Gutierrez for NPR hide caption

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Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

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Patient William Wishart, age 4 months, looks on as Dr. Melanie Walker uses a portable computer to enter information from his exam into an electronic medical records system, in North Raleigh, N.C., in November. Chris Seward/MCT /Landov hide caption

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Growing Pains As Doctors' Offices Adopt Electronic Records

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Electronic medical records can have drawbacks, too. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Computerized Health Records Breed Digital Discontent For Some Doctors

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Transporting reams of athletes' medical information has become a major burden for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and is one reason it's switching to electronic medical records. Andrew Villegas/KHN/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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