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Dr. Victoria Sweet on Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing @ Talks at Google (Transcript)

So that’s not the legal thing. There is a legal piece that the United — the one reason we’ve gone to having electronic health records was that in 2009, there was hidden in the Reconstructing America Act, this little — what did they call it– sorry– this little sublaw thingy, that every doctor, that has anything to do with the federal government I think, has to have their electronic health records. That’s how it happened. It didn’t happen gradually.

It was like 2009. And then they would start taking money out of your practice if you didn’t have electronic records. So it was one of the reasons that suddenly they took this billing platform and just immediately tried to add things on, so they could sell it to the doctors and doctors could do that. So there is some legal piece of that. But it isn’t so much like getting sued, kind of thing. It’s more like government.

REBECCA MOORE: I do want to point out that Dr Sweet is one of the few people on the planet who’s actually read the entire Affordable Care Act.

VICTORIA SWEET: 922 single-spaced pages. It’s as long as Harrison’s “Principles of Internal Medicine.”

REBECCA MOORE: OK. On that note, thank you very much.

VICTORIA SWEET: Thank you very much for having me.

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