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Though electronic health records (EHRs) could reduce costs in the U.S. by $80 to $100 billion each year, a lack of public support due to privacy concerns has hindered its progress. That's according to a forthcoming report from researchers at North Carolina State University, which outlines steps to be taken to boost privacy and promote the use of EHRs, such as creating civil penalties for those who violate use of the records, Science Blog reports. One of the report's authors says concerns about privacy in the use of EHRs are not unfounded. "We are moving in the right direction in regard to putting better privacy protections in place, but we have a long way to go," he said.
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