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Published: 22 Oct 2012

The storage capacity needed for electronic medical records could be big ... real big. "WITHIN 10 YEARS, every American must have a personal electronic medical record," said President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address on January 20, 2004. With that declaration, the federal government, led by Medicare and Medicaid, began the charge to electronic medical records (EMRs). The impact of EMR on IT, particularly storage, could be huge ... or not, depending on whom you ask. "I don't think people are making special IT plans," says John Lightfoot, CTO at EMR technology vendor Orion Health Inc. "EMR requires about 2MB of data per patient on average. For 1 million patients, you're talking about 2TB of storage." At that rate, a neighborhood clinic could buy two 1TB disk drives at its local office-supply store, connect them to the server via the USB port for approximately $500 and support more patients than it would ever handle. But other observers say EMR's impact on IT will be huge. "We are on the verge of a crisis," says Barry Runyon, research VP at ... Access >>>

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