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Blue Cross and Allscripts to distribute $23 million in technology to doctors

The state's biggest insurance company said today it will pay 750-plus doctors and 39 free clinics in North Carolina to switch from paper prescriptions and forms to electronic medical records.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced the $23 million program in collaboration with with Allscripts, a Chicago company that will contribute $8 million to the effort.

The companies said that using electronic medical records will reduce errors, flag unnecessary tests and give medical professionals instant access to a patient's medical history. Thus, if a Raleigh resident has an emergency in Asheville, doctors and nurses in that city could instantaneously access the patient's vital records, instead of requesting faxes of paper records.


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