Summary Box: Study says e-health records need work

SLOW TRANSITION: Experts say the health care system’s conversion from paper to computerized records needs lots of work.

KEY FINDINGS: Hospitals and doctors’ offices increasingly are going digital, but there’s been little progress getting the computer systems to exchange data the way financial companies do. Few patients maintain records on their computer, partly due to concerns about privacy, security and accuracy.

BIGGER PICTURE: The report offers a window on progress toward a goal set by President Barack Obama, and President George W. Bush before him, that everyone in the United States should have an electronic medical record by 2014.