HILO, Hawaii (AP) Many Big Island health care providers have computerized their medical records earlier than many others in Hawaii.
The Obama administration's health care reform law requires hospitals and physicians to install computer systems for all medical records by January 2015.
Hilo Medical Center, Kau Hospital and Hale Hoola Hamakua did so back in n 2010.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the early start has earned these providers $3 million in early adopter incentives.
The East Hawaii region providers are all part of the state's public hospital network, Hawaii Health Systems Corp.
The conversion process has taken four years and cost $20 million.
The law requires facilities use electronic patient records and billing systems. They must also transcribe voice-recorded physician reports into text.