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Gingrich's vision of EMR software priced at $105 is a fantasy

LETTER — Posted Sept. 6, 2004

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Regarding "Gingrich's grand vision" (Article, Aug. 9): I laughed out loud and wondered under the influence of what hallucinogenic agent Newt Gingrich had his EMR vision.

I certainly hope they are smoking the same brand when I call Microsoft to put in an order for the $105 software for electronic medical records that Newt was confidently blustering about.

My own research has shown the software for such EMR systems runs between $40,000 and $80,000.

It's very amusing until one realizes that Mr. Gingrich is another misinformed politician with a microphone. He needs to do his homework here on planet Earth before you interview him again.

Mary Cerni, DO, Brea, Calif.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/09/06/edlt0906.htm.

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