Florida Gov. Rick Scott Opposes EMRs, Health Information Exchanges

Florida Governor Rick Scott opposes electronic medical records and health information exchanges due to concerns of cost and privacy, according to a Flagler Live report.

Gov. Scott has said there is no evidence EMRs have saved costs and believes they may even increase expenses. He has also said the system could get hacked, jeopardizing patient privacy.

Florida healthcare leaders are more optimistic. Lonnie Draper, MD, a physician at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, said "We expect that every hospital, every doctor, every healthcare provider will eventually connect to a health information exchange," according to the report.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration created the Health Information Exchange Network over three years. It currently includes three small systems as participants.

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