Electronic medical records were originally created in the 1960s and 1970s here in the United States. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act called for a national electronic medical record system, hence spurring the interest of American healthcare institutions to provide electronic record-keeping systems for healthcare workers and consumers of healthcare, i.e. a patient portal - known as myWakeHealth at Wake Forest Baptist.
This article from the American Health and Information Management Journal gives a brief history of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.
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