North Dakota touts medical records technology

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is touting a new health information network designed to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.

The North Dakota Health Information Network is part of a national effort and is funded by a $5.3 million federal grant.

Officials say the network gives patients the assurance that no matter where they are treated, their doctor has the best information and can provide the highest quality care.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says 83 percent of physicians in North Dakota are using electronic health record systems that are capable of connecting with the network. The governor says national average is 48 percent.

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