Utah doctors to get incentives for going paperless

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? Utah health officials say doctors that serve Medicaid patients are now eligible for extra money if they go paperless with their health records.

State officials said Monday they are now accepting applications for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Doctors’ offices can get up to $63,750 to make the switch, while hospitals can get between $350,000 and $4 million in incentive payments.

Utah Department of Health chief Dr. David Patton says moving from bulky paper records to a computerized system will reduce medical errors and make healthcare processes more efficient.

The incentives are part of a nationwide effort to expand use of the technology.