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[Comment] Six ways for governments to get value from health IT

Substantial progress is being made in the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) in hospitals, ambulatory care, and primary care practices globally, but uncertainty remains about how these large financial investments will translate into tangible patient, population, and societal benefits.1 This question is topical for all governments, but particularly pertinent for the UK and the USA, since important decisions on government health information technology (HIT) strategies related to EHRs are imminent.