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Going Electric

Health IT systems will be integral to adopting a value-based payment system for healthcare in the US, says Science Progress, adding that electronic health records can help prevent medical errors and adverse reactions but, currently, 13 percent of physicians use basic e-health records. Science Progress also notes that the stimulus bill authorized $19 billion for health IT.

CNET has a three-part series delving into e-health records. First, they look at Kaiser Permanente's example of a paperless system though note that the systems should be added to improve healthcare and not just for technology's sake. Then, they have a series of FAQs clearing up what people mean by "electronic health record", what they might look like, and whether or not they are secure. Finally, CNET looks at implementation, or "why are doctors such Luddites?"

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.