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Benefits Of Electronic Health Records Outweigh Risks

Electronic Health Records

Sixty percent of adults believe the benefits of using electronic health records outweigh the potential privacy risks, according to a recent Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive poll, the Wall Street Journal Onlinereports. The survey, conducted from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, included 2,153adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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Romney, Giuliani Trade Criticism Over Health Care

Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on Tuesday during an appearance at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., said that presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) in 1994 "had nothing but praise" for the health care proposal offered by former President Bill Clinton (D) and then-first lady Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the AP/Miami Herald reports. According to a recent New York Times article, Giuliani in 1994 said that the proposal was "doing some pretty good things" (Farrington, AP/Miami Herald, 11/27).

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VA Falling Further Behind In Processing Disability Claims For Veterans

Disability Claims For Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs' processing time for disability claims this year increased by an average of six days, according to the department's annual report for Congress, McClatchy/Miami Herald reports. The findings mean that VA is falling further behind in its"attempts to give veterans timely decisions on their disability claims," according to McClatchy/Herald.

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Testing Ability To Vaccinate Large Groups Of People Simultaneously

If a flu pandemic hits Southwest Washington and the rest of the nation, one of the challenges to public health will be to quickly provide antivirals or vaccinations to the public. To prepare for any possible scenario that would require mass vaccinations, public health agencies in Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, and Skamania counties are conducting Operation TriPOD, an exercise that will test the agencies' abilities to simultaneously vaccinate large groups of people in multiple locations.

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