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The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age by Robert Wachter

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Chapter 23Meaningful Use

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

—Thomas Jefferson, 1778

I do not mean to say that this government is charged with the duty of redressing or preventing all the wrongs in the world; but I do think that it is charged with the duty of preventing and redressing all wrongs which are wrongs to itself.

—Abraham Lincoln, 1859

If there has been one central figure in the efforts to digitize the American healthcare system, that figure would be David Blumenthal. In 2008, as an advisor to the Obama transition team, it was Blumenthal who first proposed pulling $30 billion out of the $700 billion pile of stimulus ...

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