State names first medical records technology chief

Indiana has named its first coordinator for overseeing efforts to shift the state's hospitals and clinics from paper
medical records to electronic files.

Beginning next month, Andrew VanZee will be responsible for managing the allocation of $10.3 million in federal stimulus
funding the state received in March.

He will work closely with the state-designated Indiana Health Information Technology Inc. and its directors to determine
the best uses for that funding. Those could range from paying for electronic medical record software to helping hospitals
set up electronic record exchanges.

Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy says electronic medical records are reducing medical errors,
lowering costs and making tracking records easier.

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